The Sea and Medieval English Literature
D.S. Brewer, 2008 - 205 Seiten
A fresh and invigorating survey of the sea as it appears in medieval English literature, from romance to chronicle, hagiography to autobiography.
As the first cultural history of the sea in medieval English literature, this book traces premodern myths of insularity from their Old English beginnings to Shakespeare's Tempest. Beginning with a discussion of biblical, classical and pre-Conquest treatments of the sea, it investigates how such works as the Anglo-Norman Voyage of St Brendan, the Tristan romances, the chronicles of Matthew Paris, King Horn, Patience, The Book of Margery Kempe and The Libelle of Englyshe Polycye shape insular ideologies of Englishness. Whether it is Britain's privileged place in the geography of salvation or the political fiction of the idyllic island fortress, medieval English writers' myths of the sea betray their anxieties about their own insular identity; their texts call on maritime motifs to define England geographically and culturally against the presence of the sea. New insights from a range of fields, including jurisprudence, theology, the history of cartography and anthropology, are used to provide fresh readings of a wide range of both insular and continental writings.
SEBASTIAN I. SOBECKI is Professor of Medieval English Literature and Culture, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.
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Brendan sails over the trials of the worldly sea , complete with all its pitfalls , temptations and divine interventions , to reach the physical and spiritual realm of Paradise.59 And in the thirteenth - century French Estoire del Saint ...
2 Deserts and Forests in the Ocean But north , still north , Saint Brandan steer'd ; And now no bells , no convents more ! The hurting Polar lights are neard , The sea without a human shore . Matthew Arnold , ' Saint Brandan ' ( 1860 ) ...
96–121 Ridyard , Susan , ' Condigna Veneratio : Post - Conquest Attitudes to the Saints of the Anglo - Saxons ' ... de la mer chez saint Augustin ' , in Augustinus Magister : Etudes Augustiniennes , 3 vols ( Paris , 1954 ) , pp .
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Deserts and Forests in the Ocean
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