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Oxford Textual Perspectives

Materializing Englishness in Early Medieval Texts

Jacqueline Fay

Materializing Englishness in Early Medieval Texts

Oxford Textual Perspectives

Materializing Englishness in Early Medieval Texts

Oxford Textual Perspectives: Materializing Englishness in Early Medieval Texts

 

Provides a new way of understanding how people became English during the Anglo-Saxon period by tracing the links between Englishness and the body in the texts and culture of this time.


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Beschrijving Oxford Textual Perspectives: Materializing Englishness in Early Medieval Texts

The aim of this book is to restore to the story of Englishness the lively material interactions between words, bodies, plants, stones, metals, and soil, among other things, that would have characterized it for the early medieval English themselves. In particular, each chapter demonstrates how a productive collapse, or fusion, between place and history happens not only in the intellectual realm, in ideas, but is also a material concern, becoming enfleshed in
encounters between early medieval bodies and a host of material entities. Through readings of texts in a wide variety of genres including hagiography, heroic poetry, and medical and historical works, the book argues that Englishness during this period is an embodied identity emergent at the frontier of
material and textual interactions that serve productively to occlude history, religion, and geography. The early medieval English body thus results from the rich encounter between the lived environment—climate, soil, landscape features, plants—and the textual-discursive realm that both determines what that environment means and is also itself determined by the material constraints of everyday life.


ISBN
9780198757573
Pagina's
224
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Serie
Oxford Textual Perspectives
NUR
320
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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