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Visions and ruinsCultural memory and the untimely Middle Ages$
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Joshua Davies

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526125934

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526125934.001.0001

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Ruins and wonders: The poetics of cultural memory in and of early medieval England

Ruins and wonders: The poetics of cultural memory in and of early medieval England

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Visions and ruins
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Joshua Davies

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526125934.003.0002

The Old English poem known as The Ruin meditates on the material remains of a long-passed civilisation and has often been read as typical of the nostalgic poetry of the Anglo-Saxons, but its reception history reveals how cultural memories of the Anglo-Saxons have been rewritten in the modern world and the importance of the idea of ruination to modern conceptions of the Middle Ages. This chapter constitutes the first extended study of the disciplinary and translation histories of The Ruin, traces the history of the poem from 1826 to the twenty-first century and explores the meanings of ruins in the Middle Ages and modernity.

Keywords:   The Ruin, Old English poetry, Ruins and ruination, Translation, Cultural memory, Periodisation, Politics

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