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p. 363. Literary spaces, literary identitieslocked

  • Elaine Treharne


‘Literary spaces, literary identities’ outlines the importance of oral dissemination to medieval culture throughout Britain and Ireland and the significance of the message being heard. It shows how literature can play a role in shaping an audience’s thoughts, ideas, and sense of itself. Among the most important genres was the chronicle or history. Works such as the late 9th-century Anglo-Saxon Chronicle have poems, such as The Battle of Brunanburh, forming an integral part of the usually factual framework. The 12th century saw the evolution of chivalric and historical romance and later through to the early 16th century, British and Irish societies embraced multilingualism, innovative forms of literary expression, and the gradual development of complex literacies.

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