Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Other Nations: The Hybridization of Medieval Insular Mythology and Identity

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Other Nations: The Hybridization of Medieval Insular Mythology and Identity

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Other Nations: The Hybridisation of Medieval Insular Mythology and Identity, ed. Wendy Marie Hoofnagle and Wolfram R. Keller (Heidelberg: Winter, 2011). x + 248 pp. ISBN 978-3825 3-5894-5. euro46.00. Other Nations presents twelve essays on post-colonial approaches to the Middle Ages, with the aim of tracing the mythologization, or hybridization, of collective identities in the British Isles during the medieval period. Wendy Marie Hoofnagle and Wolfram R. Keller introduce the volume with a discussion of hybridity, mythology, and nationhood, and the following essays address topics such as personal names from the Danelaw (Shannon Lewis-Simpson), Geoffrey of Monmouth and the creation of hybrid landscapes of power (Wendy Marie Hoofnagle), translating the hunt in Marie de France's 'Guigemar' (Brenna Mead), Walter Map's marvels and the unwriting of national history (Robert R. …

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