Faletra, Michael A.






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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.
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Subjects and topics
Headings
History of Wales Anglo-Latin literature
Sources
History, society and culture
Agents
Chrétien de TroyesChrétien de Troyes (fl. late 12th century) – No short description available
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Geoffrey of MonmouthGeoffrey of MonmouthNo short description available
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Gerald of WalesGerald of Wales / Giraldus Cambrensis / Gerald de Barry (c. 1146–1220 x 1223) – No short description available
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John of SalisburyJohn of Salisbury
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Marie de FranceMarie de France (fl. late 12th century) – Medieval poet from France, who was active at the court of King Henry II; author of twelve Lais, an Isopet (collection of fables), and the Espurgatoire seint Partiz
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Walter MapWalter Map
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Keywords
matter of Britain colonialism
“Introduction: The scrap-heap of history”
[Ch. 1] “Geoffrey of Monmouth and the matter of Wales”
[Ch. 2] “Fairies at the bottom of the garden: courtly Britain and its others”
[Ch. 3] “Chrétien de Troyes, Wales, and the matière of Britain”
[Ch. 4] “Crooked Greeks: hybridity, history, and Gerald of Wales”
[Epilogue] “The birds of Rhiannon”
Contributors
Dennis Groenewegen