This text guides the reader through the ancient Russian folktale to explore the possibility of a new relationship between masculine and feminine, presenting a map of the sorrow both men and women feel today in relation to each other.
Author: Carol J. Clover,John Lindow,Medieval Academy of America
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Category: Literary Criticism
In the past few decades, interest in the rich and varied literature of early Scandinavia has prompted a great deal of interest in its background: its origins, social and historical context, and relationship to other medieval literatures. Until the 1980s, however, there was a distinct lack of scholarship in the area, so in 1985, Carol J. Clover and John Lindow brought together some of the most ambitious and distinguished Old Norse scholars to contribute essays for a collection that would finally fill the void of a comprehensive guide to the field. The contributors summarize and comment on scholarly work in the major branches of the field: eddic and skaldic poetry, family and kings' sagas, courtly writing, and mythology. Taken together, their judicious and well-written essays, each with a full bibliography, make up this vital survey of Old Norse literature in English - a basic reference work that has stimulated much research and helped to open up the field to a wider academic readership. This volume has become an essential text for instructors, and twenty years later, is now being republished as part of the Medieval Academy Reprints for Teaching (MART) series with a new preface that discusses more recent contributions to the field.
Stories are powerful; everyone knows that. They are rife with meaningful imagery and symbolism; they are mirrors that enable folk to see themselves as they truly are. And, while there are no right or wrong ways to interpret those myriad symbols there are ways that are more helpful than harmful. One such symbol is the uninvited guest who has been dubbed "wicked". Yet, she is the very one to help a world run by adolescents oblivious to their destructive ways. A revisiting of these familiar stories through untainted eyes will clearly show that the "wicked" stepmother is quite the opposite of that most erroneous title.
Zur Darstellung und Funktion des Fremden in den originalen Riddarasögur
Author: Hendrik Lambertus
Publisher: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag
Category: Literary Criticism
In den originalen Riddarasögur, die sich im spätmittelalterlichen Island großer Beliebtheit erfreuten, erleben reisende Ritter Abenteuer in exotischer Ferne. Sie kämpfen gegen Ungeheuer, treten in Wettstreit mit selbstbewussten Mädchenkönigen und kommen auf ihren Reisen bis nach Indien oder Afrika. Immer wieder stehen dabei Begegnungen mit dem Fremden im Vordergrund - mal als monströser Herausforderer, mal als (Zerr-)Spiegel des ritterlichen Helden. Der vorliegende Band untersucht solche Begegnung narratologisch auf verschiedenen Ebenen, von der räumlichen Situierung über Aspekte des Monströsen bis hin zur Dekonstruktion von Gender-Konventionen. Dabei wird deutlich, dass die Grenzen zwischen Held und Monster nur scheinbar klar gezogen sind. Ein Königssohn kann zum bestialischen Werwolf werden oder eine ,unzüchtige Trollfrau sich als Helferin des Helden erweisen. Es entstehen Grauzonen und Uneindeutigkeiten, die den Leser herausfordern und unter der Oberfläche der ritterlichen Abenteuerwelt die stets aktuelle Frage nach der Identität von Eigenem und Fremdem aufwerfen.
This major survey of Old Norse-Icelandic literature and culturedemonstrates the remarkable continuity of Icelandic language andculture from medieval to modern times. Comprises 29 chapters written by leading scholars in thefield Reflects current debates among Old Norse-Icelandicscholars Pays attention to previously neglected areas of study, such asthe sagas of Icelandic bishops and the fantasy sagas Looks at the ways Old Norse-Icelandic literature is used bymodern writers, artists and film directors, both within and outsideScandinavia Sets Old Norse-Icelandic language and literature in its widercultural context
The King and the Maiden is an intriguing story of the Ibibio culture and traditions. Ekaette, the central character in the book, grew up in the village but later spent a greater part of her years outside her place of birth. Despite leaving the village for so many years to study abroad, she was disturbed by her childhood desire. On her return, she becomes a heroine to the people and a nightmare to some group of men as she inspired the young and elderly people in the village. For her fame, she was hunted by a council of elders who saw her closeness to the people as a threat to their influence on the people and the king. At one point, she became helpless when intimidation started coming from the dreaded masquerade with the backing of the council of chiefs as the highest governing council in the village. They are feared by everybody in the village. As nobody could intervene on her behalf, she went into hiding when she discovered her life was in danger. But when a group of people took to the street, this set the stage for the resilient women union and the dreaded council of elders.
The last fifty years have seen a significant change in the focus of saga studies, from a preoccupation with origins and development to a renewed interest in other topics, such as the nature of the sagas and their value as sources to medieval ideologies and mentalities. The Routledge Research Companion to the Medieval Icelandic Sagas presents a detailed interdisciplinary examination of saga scholarship over the last fifty years, sometimes juxtaposing it with earlier views and examining the sagas both as works of art and as source materials. This volume will be of interest to Old Norse and medieval Scandinavian scholars and accessible to medievalists in general.
1720: political intrigue besets the kingdom as the Stuarts try to claim the throne occupied by the Hanoverians and the Morlands have to use all their wiles to keep their fortunes intact. Jeremy Morland, sole heir to his father's will, has no option but to marry to cold-hearted Lady Mary to secure Hanoverian protection and safeguard his inheritance. Then the rebellion of '45 and the bloody massacre at Culloden thrust his daughter Jemima into the spotlight as the saviour of the family. Independent, single-minded, and a rare beauty, Jemima is a capable caretaker of the Morland heritage. Although Morland Place and its lands suffer from the excesses of her dissolute husband, Jemima's quiet courage earns her an abiding love and loyalty.
Vienna, 1903. An operatic diva, Ida Rosenkrantz, is found dead in her luxurious villa. It appears that she has taken an overdose of morphine, but a broken rib, discovered during autopsy, suggests other and more sinister possibilities. Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt seeks the assistance of his young friend, the psychoanalyst Dr Max Liebermann, and they begin their inquiries at Vienna's majestic opera house, where its director, Gustav Mahler, is struggling to maintain a pure artistic vision while threatened on all sides by pompous bureaucrats, vainglorious singers, and a hostile press. When the demagogue Mayor of Vienna, Karl Lueger, becomes the prime suspect - with an election only months away - the Rosenkrantz case becomes politically explosive. The trail leads Rheinhardt and Liebermann, via a social climbing professor of psychiatry, to the Hofburg palace and the mysterious Lord Marshal's office - a shadowy bureau that deals ruthlessly with enemies of the ageing Emperor Franz Josef. As the investigation proceeds, the investigators are placed in great personal danger, as corruption is exposed at the very highest levels. Meanwhile, Liebermann pursues two private obsessions: a coded message in a piece of piano music, and the alluring Englishwoman, Miss Amelia Lydgate. Romance and high drama coincide as the Habsburg Empire teeters on the edge of scandal and ruin.
A remarkable number of Greek myths concern the plight of virgins – slaughtered, sacrificed, hanged, transformed into birds, cows, dear, bears, trees, and punished in Hades. Death and the Maiden, first published in 1989, contextualises this mythology in terms of geography, history and culture, and offers a comprehensive theory firmly grounded in an ubiquitous ritual: pubescent girls’ rites of passage. By means of comparative anthropology, it is argued that many local ceremonies are echoed throughout the whole range of myths, both famous and obscure. Further, Professor Dowden examines boys’ rites, as well as the renewal of entire communities at regular intervals. The first full-length work in English devoted to passage-rites in Greek myth, Death and the Maiden is an important contribution to the exciting developments in the study of the interrelation between myth and ritual: from it an innovative view on the origination of many Greek myths emerges.
Originally published in 1892, "the object of this Handbook is to supply readers and speakers with a lucid, but very brief account of such names as are used in allusions and references, whether by poets or prose writers; - to furnish those who consult it with the plot of popular dramas, the story of epic poems, and the outline of well-known tales. The number of dramatic plots sketched out is many hundreds. Another striking and interesting feature of the book is the revelation of the source from which dramatists and romancers have derived their stories, and the strange repetitions of historic incidents. It has been borne in mind throughout that it is not enough to state a fact. It must be stated attractively, and the character described must be drawn characteristically if the reader is to appreciate it, and feel an interest in what he reads." This work, an American reprint of The Reader's Handbook by E. Cobham Brewer, ..".while retaining all of the original material that can interest and aid the English-speaking student, gives also 'characters and sketches found in American novels, poetry and drama.'"
Four children set off together one stormy December day on an imaginary quest to find King Arthurs famous sword, Excalibur. They have no idea that they will end up lost and on the adventure of a lifetime. Led by the eldest, Timothy, the three other childrenDiane, Mark, and Joanare no strangers to excitement; even so, nothing could prepare them for the mysterious, secret castle hidden deep in the dark forest near home. The childrens imaginations could never have conjured the monstrous dragon living in the ruins of the castle. As they face a series of terrifying battles between the forces of good and evil, the children find themselves investigating a local mystery, discovering an ancient prophecy, and recognising the part each must play in the fight against evilespecially if they want to save others from danger. In this thrilling adventure into mythology and dreams, four children must rely on their strongest qualities toughness, solidarity, tenderness, ingenuity, perseverance, and couragein order to save the day. They will learn that every hero must play his or her part in the battle against evil.
On 29 December 1170, Thomas Archbishop of Canterbury was brutally murdered in his cathedral by four knights from the household of his former friend and patron, King Henry II. The horror that the killing inspired and the miraculous cures performed at Thomas's tomb transfigured him into one of the most popular saints in Western Christendom, and Canterbury became one of the greatest pilgrim shrines in the West. Yet these were unexpected results. Thomas's extraordinary career had been, and remains, controversial. The transformation of a handsome, attractive, and worldly courtier into a zealous prelate, a bitter exile and finally a martyr was for many hard to understand. In this brilliant new biography, based on the original sources and informed by the most recent scholarship, Frank Barlow reconstructs Thomas's physical environment and entourage at various stages of his career, exploring the nuances and irregularities in the story that have been ignored in other studies.