Anglo-Saxonism and the Construction of Social Identity

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Oktober 1997



"Teaches us the extent to which the discipline of Anglo-Saxon studies is a construct motivated variously by political, economic, cultural, gender-based, and racialist impulses. Thus it also teaches us both humility before the limits upon our supposed 'disinterestedness' and optimism, if chastened, in our collegial ability to reform and improve our disciplinary investments". -- R. Allen Shoaf, University of FloridaContributors to this volume explore Anglo-Saxonism as a set of beliefs and cultural practices that posits a unity among English-speakers based on their common racial, linguistic, and institutional descent from the people of Anglo-Saxon England. Value has often been set on such heritage, for Anglo-Saxonism asserts the superiority of the Anglo-Saxon people and sees their institutions as models of good government, commercial prosperity, and piety.In an examination of Anglo-Saxonism in a variety of forms and in several different periods of English and American literary history, the authors investigate how the Anglo-Saxons themselves thought about the origins of national and racial identity By linking current theoretical studies to the early manifestations of Anglo-Saxonism, they seek to contribute to the "new medievalisms" -- theoretically aware, institutionally focused, and interdisciplinary medieval studies -- that are transforming the academy.


Introduction - Anglo-Saxonism and Mediaevalism, Allen J. Frantzen and John D. Niles; Bede and Bawdy Bale - Gregory the Great, Angels, and the "Angli", Allen J. Frantzen; Anglo-Saxonism in the Old English Laws, Mary P. Richards; The "Anglo-Saxon Chronicle" Poems and the Making of the English Nation, Janet Thormann; Received Wisdom - the Reception History of Alfred's Preface to the "Pastoral Care", Suzanne C. Hagedorn; 19th-Century Scandinavia and the Birth of Anglo-Saxon Studies, Robert E. Bjork; Mid-19th-Century American Anglo-Saxonism - the Question of Language, J.R. Hall; Byrhtnoth in Dixie - the Emergence of Anglo-Saxon Studies in the Postbellum South, Gregory A. VanHoosier-Carey; Historical Novels to Teach Anglo-Saxonism to Young Edwardians, Velma Bourgeois Richmond; Appropriations - a Concept of Culture, John D. Niles.
EAN: 9780813015323
ISBN: 0813015324
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 1997
Seitenanzahl: 242 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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