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The Subject of Violence : The Song of Roland and the Birth of the State - Peter Haidu

The Subject of Violence

The Song of Roland and the Birth of the State

Hardcover Published: 22nd August 1993
ISBN: 9780253305480
Number Of Pages: 272

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This book provides the reader with a new, challenging, and sophisticated critical analysis of the Song of Roland." -Choice

[Haidu's] close reading of the Song of Roland is interesting, informative, and significant... "-American Historical Review

Probably the most sophisticated book ever written on the Song of Roland.... It is at once a work of linguistic analysis, of literary theory, of literary history, and, finally, of history." -R. Howard Bloch

Haidu argues that the 12th-century Song of Roland played an essential role in the creation of the nation-state, in that the narrative transforms the independent and violent warriors of the feudal period into the subordinate instruments of the nation-state by enforcing on them the subjection to the rule of monarchy.

Introduction: Violence: Modern Perspectives on the Medieval and the Modernp. 1
The Semiotization of Death: Open Text Or Closed?p. 17
The Gaze of the Otherp. 36
The Sociological Presentation of the Selfp. 36
The Intertextuality of the Peeragep. 42
Excursus I: Aesthetics, Economics, Politicsp. 44
Beauty, Value, Violencep. 44
The Noble, the Knight, the Peasantp. 49
The Ideology of Knighthoodp. 53
The Subsystem of the Professional Warrior: Courage, Contradiction, Irascibilityp. 66
Ideological Value (I): The Constitution and Destitution of Subjectsp. 69
Ideological Value (II): From Subject to Traitor?p. 76
Structure of Structuresp. 83
The Destinator's Multiple Roles: Syncretism Or Contradiction?p. 85
The Culpable Guarantorp. 85
From Individual to Rolep. 97
Excursus II: The Play of Absence and Presence in Medieval Kingshipp. 101
Carles li reis, . . .p. 102
. . . nostre emperere magnesp. 111
Reis and Emperere Textualizedp. 115
Funerary Ritualsp. 120
The Unreintegrated Mournerp. 120
The Death of Aude, or the Refusal of Exchangep. 128
The Transformative Performancep. 133
Textual Coherence and the Dialectics of Ideologyp. 135
Textual Coherence: The Narrativep. 137
Narrative Programsp. 139
Actantsp. 143
Ganelon's Trial, Or the Monarch's Revolutionp. 152
The Actorial Level: Inexorable Structurep. 155
The Actantial Distributionp. 174
Conclusionp. 178
The Chanson Ends with the Indeterminacy of Non-Exclusive Disjunctionp. 178
The Chanson Produces Limited and Specifiable Significationsp. 181
The Subject of Violencep. 186
Nomadic Violence, Sedentary Economics, and the Birth of the Statep. 193
Notesp. 211
Bibliographyp. 237
General Indexp. 248
Index of Proper Nounsp. 253
Index of Foreign Terms and Phrasesp. 256
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ISBN: 9780253305480
ISBN-10: 0253305489
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 22nd August 1993
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.64

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