Book Series Making the Middle Ages , vol. 9

Constructing Nations, Reconstructing Myth

Essays in Honour of T. A. Shippey

Andrew Wawn (ed)

  • Pages: 383 p.
  • Size:160 x 240 mm
  • Illustrations:2 b/w, 2 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2007

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Review(s)

"Both materially and intellectually it is a substantial volume, well worth the interest of scholars of the history of philology and those concerned with the role of medievalism in the creation of national myth." (E. Christie, in: The Medieval Review, 08.11.08)

Summary

This collection of essays examines the 'Grimmian Revolution', the paradigm shift in the humanities that came with the publication of Jacob Grimm’s Deutsche Grammatik. In doing so, they honour T.A. Shippey, who has been a leading figure in reconsidering the contributions of the Old Philology and its impact on the humanities, particularly the rediscovery of the ancient languages and literatures of Northern Europe; the role this has played in the creation of national and regional identities; the attempts to extend the methods of comparative philology to comparative mythology; and the collection of folktales, folk-ballads, and the development of folkloristics. The sixteen essays in this collection focus on the impact made by nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century philology in the fields of medieval studies and language studies, and in the construction of Northern European national identities, mythologies, and folklore.