The Subject of Violence: The Song of Roland and the Birth of the State (Hardcover)

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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.

About the Author


PETER HAIDU is Professor of French at UCLA.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780253305480
ISBN-10: 0253305489
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: August 22nd, 1993
Pages: 272
Language: English