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The severed head and the grafted tongue : literature, translation and violence in early modern Ireland

Author: Patricia Palmer
Publisher: New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Severed heads emblemise the vexed relationship between the aesthetic and the atrocious. During the Elizabethan conquest of Ireland, colonisers such as Edmund Spenser, Sir John Harington and Sir George Carew wrote or translated epic romances replete with beheadings even as they countenanced - or conducted - similar deeds on the battlefield. This study juxtaposes the archival record of actual violence with literary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
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Translations into English
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia Palmer
ISBN: 9781107041844 1107041848 9781107614703 1107614708
OCLC Number: 869785335
Description: x, 185 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. 'A horses loade of heades': conquest and atrocity in early-modern Ireland --
2. The romance of the severed head: Sir John Harington's translation of Orlando Furioso --
3. Defaced: allegory, violence and romance recognition in The faerie queene --
4. The head in a bag: Sir George Carew's translation of Alonso de Ercilla's La Araucana --
5. Elegy and afterlives.
Responsibility: Patricia Palmer, King's College London.
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This book explores actual and literary depictions of beheadings in sixteenth-century Ireland and addresses how violence is transcribed into art.  Read more...

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'Palmer makes use of an impressive literary assortment ranging from the Iliad, through Irish- language poets to W. B. Yeats, Seanus Heaney, Sarah Broom, Padraic Fallon and John Montagu.' The Times Read more...

 
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