A Comprehensive Study of Layamon's "Brut" (Studies in Medieval Literature S. v. 21)

A Comprehensive Study of Layamon's "Brut" (Studies in Medieval Literature S. v. 21)

By: Thomas J. Harford (author)Hardback

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This study explores "Brut" in relation to its intricate treatment of language, nationalism, and historical identity. It examines the past 150 years of Brut scholarship, and demonstrates how the Brut narrative representations of secrecy, exemplified by Layamon's repeated and provocative use of the word rune, serve as tropes for the poem's larger themes of political power, historical interpretation, and national origin. By combining a detailed and critical assimilation of Brut scholarship with new readings of key narrative themes, this study postions Layamon as an original and complex figure in the important field of Medieval historical writings.

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Commendatory Preface i Acknowledgements iii Introduction: The Historical Project of Lazamon's Brut 1 Chapter I: On Native Soil: Lazamon's "Englishness" and Its Critical Reception 41 Chapter II: Intimate Places and Contested Spaces: Runen, Secrecy, and the Interpretation of Power 81 Chapter III: Merlin al hit bodede: Merlin, Arthur, and the Authority of Prophecy 105 Chapter IV: londe in honde: Dominion, Exile, and Return 141 Works Cited 165 Index 175

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  • publication date: 30/09/2002
  • ISBN13: 9780773470972
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 196
  • ID: 9780773470972
  • ISBN10: 0773470972

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