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Law, lit­er­a­ture, and social reg­u­la­tion in ear­ly medieval Eng­land
BuchcoverPre-Con­quest Eng­lish law was among the most sophis­ti­cat­ed in ear­ly medieval Europe. Com­posed large­ly in the ver­nac­u­lar, it played a cru­cial role in the evo­lu­tion of ear­ly Eng­lish iden­ti­ty and exer­cised a for­ma­tive influ­ence on the devel­op­ment of the Com­mon Law. How­ev­er, recent schol­ar­ship has also revealed the sig­nif­i­cant influ­ence of these legal doc­u­ments and ideas on oth­er cul­tur­al domains, both mod­ern and pre-mod­ern.
This col­lec­tion explores the rich­ness of pre-Con­quest legal writ­ing by look­ing beyond its tra­di­tion­al cod­i­fied form. Draw­ing on method­olo­gies rang­ing from tra­di­tion­al philol­o­gy to legal and lit­er­ary the­o­ry, and from a diverse selec­tion of con­trib­u­tors offer­ing a broad spec­trum of dis­ci­plines, spe­cial­i­ties and per­spec­tives, the essays exam­ine the inter­sec­tion between tra­di­tion­al juridi­cal texts – from law codes and char­ters to trea­tis­es and reli­gious reg­u­la­tion – and a wide range of lit­er­ary gen­res, includ­ing hagiog­ra­phy and hero­ic poet­ry. In doing so, they demon­strate that the bound­ary that has tra­di­tion­al­ly sep­a­rat­ed „law“ from oth­er modes of thought and writ­ing is far more porous than hith­er­to real­ized. Over­all, the vol­ume yields valu­able new insights into the mul­ti-lay­ered and mul­ti-direc­tion­al rela­tion­ship of law, lit­er­a­ture, and social reg­u­la­tion in pre-Con­quest Eng­lish soci­ety.
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Men­tal health symp­toms in lit­er­a­ture since mod­ernism
BuchcoverMen­tal Health Symp­toms in Lit­er­a­ture since Mod­ernism looks at var­i­ous ways of treat­ing symp­toms of psy­cho­log­i­cal dis­or­ders in the lit­er­a­ture of the long twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry. This book shows that lit­er­a­ture can, in its ques­tion­ing of com­mon­ly accept­ed views of this lived expe­ri­ence of psy­chic symp­toms, help engen­der new the­o­ries about the func­tion­ing of sub­jec­tive cas­es. Mod­ernism emerged at about the same time as Freudi­an psy­cho­analy­sis did and the aim of this book is to also show that to a cer­tain extent, Woolf pre­ced­ed Freud in her explo­ration of the symp­tom and con­tributed to fash­ion­ing anoth­er approach that is now more com­mon, espe­cial­ly in writ­ers from the 1990s-onwards.

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