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The subject of violence : the Song of Roland and the birth of the state

Author: Peter Haidu
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1993.
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"The twelfth-century Song of Roland played an essential role in the creation of the nation-state, argues Peter Haidu in this remarkable new study. The narrative of the Song of Roland transforms the independent and violent warriors of the feudal period into the subordinate instruments of the nation-state by enforcing on them subjection to the rule of monarchy. Haidu tracks this transformation in the Song of Roland by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Haidu, Peter, 1931-
Subject of violence.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)624431008
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Haidu
ISBN: 0253305489 9780253305480
OCLC Number: 26807571
Description: x, 257 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Violence: Modern Perspectives on the Medieval and the Modern --
1. The Semiotization of Death: Open Text Or Closed? --
2. The Gaze of the Other --
The Sociological Presentation of the Self --
The Intertextuality of the Peerage --
3. Excursus I: Aesthetics, Economics, Politics --
Beauty, Value, Violence --
The Noble, the Knight, the Peasant --
The Ideology of Knighthood --
4. The Subsystem of the Professional Warrior: Courage, Contradiction, Irascibility --
Ideological Value (I): The Constitution and Destitution of Subjects --
Ideological Value (II): From Subject to Traitor? --
Structure of Structures --
5. The Destinator's Multiple Roles: Syncretism Or Contradiction? --
The Culpable Guarantor --
From Individual to Role --
6. Excursus II: The Play of Absence and Presence in Medieval Kingship --
Carles li reis ... --
... nostre emperere magnes --
Reis and Emperere Textualized --
7. Funerary Rituals --
The Unreintegrated Mourner --
The Death of Aude, or the Refusal of Exchange --
The Transformative Performance --
8. Textual Coherence and the Dialectics of Ideology --
Textual Coherence: The Narrative --
Narrative Programs --
Actants --
9. Ganelon's Trial, Or the Monarch's Revolution --
The Actorial Level: Inexorable Structure --
The Actantial Distribution --
10. Conclusion --
The Chanson Ends with the Indeterminacy of Non-Exclusive Disjunction --
The Chanson Produces Limited and Specifiable Significations --
The Subject of Violence --
Nomadic Violence, Sedentary Economics, and the Birth of the State.
Responsibility: Peter Haidu.
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Proposes a provocative new reading of the medieval French Song of Roland and its role in changing a world of violent independent warriors into the more contemporary world of citizens subjugated to  Read more...

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