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Otherworlds

Fantasy and History in Medieval Literature

Aisling Byrne

Otherworlds

Otherworlds

Fantasy and History in Medieval Literature

Otherworlds

 

Otherworlds offers a new perspective on the otherworlds depicted in British and Irish medieval literature.


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Beschrijving Otherworlds

This book offers a new perspective on the otherworlds of medieval literature. These fantastical realms are among the most memorable places in medieval writing, by turns beautiful and monstrous, alluring and terrifying. Passing over a river or sea, or entering into a hollow hill, heroes come upon strange and magical realms. These places are often very beautiful, filled with sweet music and adorned with precious stones and rich materials. There is often no darkness,
time may pass at a different pace, and the people who dwell there are usually supernatural. Sometimes such a place is exactly what it appears to be-the land of heart's desire-but, the otherworld can also have a sinister side, trapping humans and keeping them there against their will.

Otherworlds: Fantasy and History in Medieval Literature takes a fresh look at how medieval writers understood these places and why they found them so compelling. It focuses on texts from England, but places this material in the broader context of literary production in medieval Britain and Ireland. The narratives examined in this book tell a rather surprising story about medieval notions of these fantastical places. Otherworlds are actually a lot less 'other' than they might initially
seem. Authors often use the idea of the otherworld to comment on very serious topics. It is not unusual for otherworld depictions to address political issues in the historical world. Most intriguing of all are those texts where locations in the real world are re-imagined as otherworlds. The regions on which
this book focuses, Britain, Ireland and the surrounding islands, prove particularly susceptible to this characterization.


ISBN
9780198833956
Pagina's
224
Verschenen
NUR
320
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Paperback / softback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

Literaire non-fictie