Literary appropriations of the Anglo-Saxons from the thirteenth to the twentieth century

edited by Donald Scragg and Carole Weinberg

This book, first published in 2000, discusses the attitudes towards Anglo-Saxons expressed by English poets, playwrights and novelists from the thirteenth century to the present day. The essays are arranged chronologically, tracing literary responses to the Anglo-Saxons in the medieval period, the Renaissance and also the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In earlier centuries the Ango-Saxons were often idealized representatives of happier times. Later, they became the epitome of a 'British' race, while an individual Anglo-Saxon, King Alfred, was inflated into a national hero. A final essay suggests the disappearance of any clear sense of the cultural roots of the English in the twentieth century. The contributors, who are specialists in their respective fields from Britain and the United States, draw on works that have frequently been ignored or overlooked. They address topical issues such as nationalism, cultural identity, myth, gender and contextualization.

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  • List of contributors
  • Acknowledgements
  • List of abbreviations
  • Introduction: the Anglo-Saxons: fact and fiction Donald Scragg
  • 1. Victor and victim: a view of the Anglo-Saxon past in Lazamon's Brut Carole Weinberg
  • 2. Kings, constitution and crisis: 'Robert of Gloucester' and the Anglo-Saxon remedy Sarah Mitchell
  • 3. The South English Legendary: Anglo-Saxon saints and national identity Jill Frederick
  • 4. King AElle and the conversion of the English: the development of a legend from Bede to Chaucer John Frankis
  • 5. Saxons versus Danes: the anonymous Edmund Ironside Leah Scragg
  • 6. New times and old stories: Middleton's Hengist Julia Briggs
  • 7. Crushing the convent and the dread Bastille: the Anglo-Saxons, revolution and gender in women's plays of the 1790s Jacqueline Pearson
  • 8. Anglo-Saxon attitudes?: Alfred the Great and the Romantic national epic Lynda Pratt
  • 9. 'Utter indifference?': the Anglo-Saxons in the nineteenth-century novel Andrew Sanders
  • 10. The charge of the Saxon brigade: Tennyson's Battle of Brunanburh Edward B. Irving Jr
  • 11. Lady Godiva Daniel Donoghue
  • 12. The undeveloped image: Anglo-Saxon in popular consciousness from Turner to Tolkien T. A. Shippey
  • Indexes.

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書名 Literary appropriations of the Anglo-Saxons from the thirteenth to the twentieth century
著作者等 Scragg, D. G.
Weinberg, Carole
Scragg Donald G.
シリーズ名 Cambridge studies in Anglo-Saxon England
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2000
ページ数 xii, 242 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521632153
NCID BA46252763
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス