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The Resource The Barbarian North in the medieval imagination : ethnicity, legend, and literature, Robert W. Rix

The Barbarian North in the medieval imagination : ethnicity, legend, and literature, Robert W. Rix

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The Barbarian North in the medieval imagination : ethnicity, legend, and literature
Title
The Barbarian North in the medieval imagination
Title remainder
ethnicity, legend, and literature
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Robert W. Rix
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eng
Summary
"This book examines the sustained interest in legends of the pagan and peripheral North, tracing and analyzing the use of an 'out-of-Scandinavia' legend (Scandinavia as an ancestral homeland) in a wide range of medieval texts from all over Europe, with a focus on the Anglo-Saxon tradition. The pagan North was an imaginative region, which attracted a number of conflicting interpretations. To Christian Europe, the pagan North was an abject Other, but it also symbolized a place from which ancestral strength and energy derived. Rix maps how these discourses informed 'national' legends of ancestral origins, showing how an 'out-of-Scandinavia' legend can be found in works by several familiar writers including Jordanes, Bede, 'Fredegar', Paul the Deacon, Freculph, and Æthelweard. The book investigates how legends of northern warriors were first created in classical texts and since re-calibrated to fit different medieval understandings of identity and ethnicity. Among other things, the 'out-of-Scandinavia' tale was exploited to promote a legacy of 'barbarian' vigor that could withstand the negative cultural effects of Roman civilization. This volume employs a variety of perspectives cutting across the disciplines of poetry, history, rhetoric, linguistics, and archaeology. After years of intense critical interest in medieval attitudes towards the classical world, Africa, and the East, this first book-length study of 'the North' will inspire new debates and repositionings in medieval studies"--
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1970-
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Rix, Robert
Dewey number
809/.02
Index
index present
LC call number
PN671
LC item number
.R59 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Routledge Studies in Medieval Religion and Culture
Series volume
11
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  • Literature, Medieval
  • Scandinavia
  • Europe, Northern
  • Legends
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Medieval
  • HISTORY / Medieval
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / General
  • Legends
  • Literature
  • Literature, Medieval
  • Europe, Northern
  • Scandinavia
  • Literatur
  • Nordeuropa
  • Heide
  • Krieger
  • Legende
  • Europa
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The Barbarian North in the medieval imagination : ethnicity, legend, and literature, Robert W. Rix
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
887186322
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
214 pages
Isbn
9781138820869
Isbn Type
(hbk)
Lccn
2014024272
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)887186322
Label
The Barbarian North in the medieval imagination : ethnicity, legend, and literature, Robert W. Rix
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
887186322
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
214 pages
Isbn
9781138820869
Isbn Type
(hbk)
Lccn
2014024272
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)887186322

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