The Rhetoric of Power in the Bayeux Tapestry (Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism)

The Rhetoric of Power in the Bayeux Tapestry (Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism)

By: Suzanne Lewis (author)Paperback

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The Bayeux Tapestry has long been recognized as one of the most problematical historical documents of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. More than a reinterpretation of the historical evidence, Suzanne Lewis's study explores the visual and textual strategies that have made the Bayeux Tapestry's narrative such a powerful experience for audiences over the centuries. The Rhetoric of Power focuses on how the Tapestry tells its story and how it shapes the responses of reader-viewers. This involves a detailed analysis of the way the visual narrative draws on diverse literary genres to establish the cultural resonance of the story it tells. The material is organized into self-contained yet cross-referencing episodes that not only portray the events of the Conquest but locate those events within the ideological codes of Norman feudalism. Lewis's analysis conveys how the whole 232-foot tapestry would have operated as a complex cultural 'fiction' comparable to modern cinema.

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Introduction: medieval audience, performance and display; 1. The problematics of genre; 2. Narrative strategies and visible signs; 3. Narrative structures; 4. The Norman Conquest and Odo of Bayeux.

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  • publication date: 15/09/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781107403352
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 186
  • ID: 9781107403352
  • weight: 280
  • ISBN10: 1107403359

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