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Ever since the publication of Saxo Grammaticus’ Gesta Danorum at the beginning of the thirteenth century, scholars and laymen have grappled with the complex and marvellous chronicle. As much specialized scholarship has been published in Danish, this companion breaks new ground by giving a comprehensive and up-to-date tour of the work for a global audience. Attention is given to the unity of Saxo’s massive chronicle, whether he is dealing with a legendary pagan past or events from his own time. Saxo’s world and views are explored in ways that shed new light on all of northern Europe.
Contributors are Bjørn Bandlien, Karsten Friis-Jensen, Michael H. Gelting, Thomas K. Heebøll-Holm, Lars Hermanson, Lars Kjær, Torben Kjersgaard Nielsen, Annette Lassen, Anders Leegaard Knudsen, Lars Boje Mortensen, Mia Münster-Swendsen, Erik Niblaeus, Roland Scheel, Karen Skovgaard-Petersen, Kurt Villads Jensen, and Helle Vogt.
Re-appropriating the Victorian and Medieval Pasts
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Bringing together neo-Victorian and medievalism scholars in dialogue with each other for the first time, this collection of essays foregrounds issues common to both fields. The Victorians reimagined the medieval era and post-Victorian medievalism repurposes received nineteenth century tropes, as do neo-Victorian texts. For example, aesthetic movements such as Arts and Crafts, which looked for inspiration in the medieval era, are echoed by steampunk in its return to Victorian dress and technology. Issues of gender identity, sexuality, imperialism and nostalgia arise in both neo-Victorianism and medievalism, and analysis of such texts is enriched and expanded by the interconnections between the two fields represented in this groundbreaking collection.
Fiktionen des politischen Wandels vom Mittelalter bis zum Posthumanismus
„Mensch – Tier – Monster“ ist eine politische Deutung der Verwandlungsfiktionen vom Mittelalter bis in die jüngste Gegenwart. Die Studie geht von der Beobachtung aus, dass die Imagination der Mensch/Tier-Entgrenzung den Wandel in den Herrschaftsvorstellungen zum Ausdruck bringt. Während die charismatische Mensch/Tier-Symbiose im Mittelalter die feudalen Ursprungs- und Herrschaftsmythen begründet, reflektieren die modernen Monsterfiguren wie Frankensteins Monster und Dracula die Krise der bürgerlich-liberalen Gesellschaft. Diese phantastische Genealogie der politischen Monsterfiguren setzt sich im Massenkino der Postmoderne fort. Die hybriden Helden dort verkörpern die posthumanistische Zukunftsvision, die menschliche Gesellschaft in ein kosmisch-egalitäres Human-Nonhuman-Kollektiv zu verwandeln.
Shaping Identities between Networks and Patronage (c. 1530-1690)
In this volume Giulia Zanon sheds new light on our grasp of social hierarchy and the possibilities for social mobility in pre-modern Italy. By adopting an interdisciplinary approach that combines deep archival research with a multitude of artistic and architectural artefacts, this work breaks new ground by contextualizing the part played by social relationships and the arts in publicly affirming and displaying the prestige of the middling sorts, the cittadini, in early modern Venice.