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Author Faletra, Michael A., author

Title Wales and the medieval colonial imagination : the matters of Britain in the twelfth century / Michael A. Faletra
Published New York, N.Y. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014


Description 1 online resource
Series The new Middle Ages
New Middle Ages
Contents Geoffrey of Monmouth and the Matter of Wales -- Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden: Courtly Britain and Its Others -- Chrétien de Troyes, Wales, and the Matiere of Britain -- Crooked Greeks: Hybridity, History, and Gerald of Wales -- Epilogue: The Birds of Rhiannon
Summary Focusing on works by some of the major literary figures of the period, Michael A. Faletra argues that the legendary history of Britain that flourished in medieval chronicles and Arthurian romances traces its origins to twelfth-century Anglo-Norman colonial interest in Wales and the Welsh. Viewing the Welsh as England's original repressed Other, this book identifies and critiques the ways in which medieval narratives construe Wales as a barbaric peripheral zone requiring colonial control. By focusing on texts across a variety of genres by some of the major literary figures of the period - including Geoffrey of Monmouth, Chřtien de Troyes, Marie de France, Gerald of Wales, Walter Map, and John of Salisbury - Faletra offers innovative new readings that illuminate both the subtle power and the imaginative limitations of these matters of Britain
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject English literature -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- History and criticism
Politics and literature -- England -- History -- To 1500
Colonies in literature.
Welsh literature -- 1100-1400 -- History and criticism
Arthurian romances -- History and criticism
Arthurian romances.
Colonies in literature.
English literature -- Middle English.
International relations.
Politics and literature.
Welsh literature.
Wales -- In literature
England -- Relations -- Wales
Wales -- Relations -- England
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781137391032