Item description for Monsters and the Monstrous in Medieval Northwest Europe (Mediaevalia Groningana New Series) by K.E. Olsen...
The essays in this book examine various manifestations of monstrosity in the early literatures of England, Ireland and Scandinavia. The dates of the texts discussed range from the eight to the thirteenth centuries and were written either in Latin or in one of the vernaculars. The present contributions shed light on the physical, mental and metaphysical qualities that characterise medieval monsters in general. How do such creatures relate to accepted physical norms? How do their behaviours deviate from established cultural practices? How can their presence in both fictional and non-fictional texts be explained either in terms of a textual tradition or as a response to actual events? Such issues are examined from literary, philosophical, theological and historical points of view in order to provide a thorough, multifaceted depiction of the sub- and supernatural monsters of medieval Northwest Europe.
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Studio: Peeters Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.29" Width: 6.69" Height: 0.55" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2002
Publisher David Brown
ISBN 9042910070 ISBN13 9789042910072