Mark Atherton, Kazutomo Karasawa, Francis Leneghan (eds), Ideas of the World in Early Medieval English Literature – Brepols, 2002
Looks interesting, but that price!
Across three thematically-linked sections, this volume charts the development of competing geographical, national, and imperial identities and communities in early medieval England. Literary works in Old English and Latin are considered alongside theological and historical texts from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Accounts of travel, foreign contacts, conversion, migration, landscape, nation, empire, and conquest are set within the continual flow of people and ideas from East to West, from continent to island and back, across the period. The fifteen contributors investigate how the early medieval English positioned themselves spatially and temporally in relation to their insular neighbours and other peoples and cultures. Several chapters explore the impact of Greek and Latin learning on Old English literature, while others extend the discussion beyond the parameters of Europe to consider connections with Asia and the Far East. Together these essays reflect ideas of inclusivity and exclusivity, connectivity and apartness, multiculturalism and insularity that shaped pre-Conquest England.
Such made up the general markers of civilizations, and their writings,
1000, 2000, perhaps (likely) 3000 years before this, and still do today,
frankly. It’s a dissertation waiting to happen.
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