The aesthetics of nostalgia: Historical representation in Old English verse

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Abstract

Heroic poetry was central to the construction of Anglo-Saxon values, beliefs, and community identity and its subject matter is often analyzed as a window into Anglo-Saxon life. However, these poems are works of art as well as vehicles for ideology. Aesthetics of Nostalgia reads Anglo-Saxon historical verse in terms of how its aesthetic form interacted with the culture and politics of the period. Examining the distinctive poetic techniques found in vernacular historic poetry, Renée R. Trilling argues that the literary construction of heroic poetry promoted specific kinds of historical understanding in early medieval England, distinct from linear and teleological perceptions of the past. The Aesthetics of Nostalgia surveys Anglo-Saxon literary culture from the age of Bede to the decades following the Norman Conquest in order to explore its cultural impact through both its content and its form.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationToronto
PublisherUniversity of Toronto press
Number of pages297
ISBN (Electronic)9781442697935
ISBN (Print)9780802099716
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Anglo-Saxon
Nostalgia
Historical Representation
Aesthetics
Old English
Verse
Poetry
Literary Culture
Historic
Ideology
Works of Art
Bede
Poetic Techniques
Medieval England
Norman Conquest
Subject Matter
Poem
Early Medieval Period

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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The aesthetics of nostalgia : Historical representation in Old English verse. / Trilling, Renée R.

Toronto : University of Toronto press, 2009. 297 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

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