By Allen J. Frantzen, John D. Niles
Contributors to this volume explore Anglo-Saxonism as a set of beliefs and cultural practices that posits a unity among English-speakers based on their common racial, linguistic, and institutional descent from the people of Anglo-Saxon England. Value has often been set on such heritage, for Anglo-Saxonism asserts the superiority of the Anglo-Saxon people and sees their institutions as models of good government, commercial prosperity, and piety.
In an examination of Anglo-Saxonism in a variety of forms and in several different periods of English and American literary history, the authors investigate how the Anglo-Saxons themselves thought about the origins of national and racial identity By linking current theoretical studies to the early manifestations of Anglo-Saxonism, they seek to contribute to the "new medievalisms" -- theoretically aware, institutionally focused, and interdisciplinary medieval studies -- that are transforming the academy.
- John D. Niles
- Allen J. Frantzen
- Mary P. Richards
- Janet Thormann
- Suzanne C. Hagedorn
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- English Literature--Old English, Ca. 450-1100--History And Criticism--Theory, Etc
- National Characteristics, English--Historiography
- Civilization, Anglo-Saxon--Historiography
- Civilization, Medieval--Historiography
- Middle Ages--Historiography
- Great Britain--History--Anglo-Saxon Period, 449-1066--Historiography