Faletra, M. A., Wales and the medieval colonial imagination: the matters of Britain in the twelfth century (2014)

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Faletra (Michael A.) 2014a

Faletra, Michael A., Wales and the medieval colonial imagination: the matters of Britain in the twelfth century, The New Middle Ages, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

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Work
Wales and the medieval colonial imagination: the matters of Britain in the twelfth century
Place
New York
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Year
2014
Series
The New Middle Ages
Description
Abstract (cited)
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, Chrétien 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.
(source: Palgrave Macmillan)
Subject classification
History of Wales Anglo-Latin literature

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Texts

De nugis curialium (Walter Map)Descriptio Kambriae (Gerald of Wales)Erec et Enide (Chrétien de Troyes)Historia regum Britanniae (Geoffrey of Monmouth)Itinerarium Kambriae (Gerald of Wales)Lanval (Marie de France)Milun (Marie de France)Policraticus (John of Salisbury)Topographia HiberniaeYonec (Marie de France)

Manuscripts

none indexed

History, society and culture

People and organisations

  • Chrétien de Troyes
  • Geoffrey of Monmouth
  • Gerald of Wales
  • John of Salisbury
  • Marie de France
  • Walter Map

General and various

Keywords

matter of Britain, colonialism

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Contributors
Dennis Groenewegen
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