The Bayeux Tapestry: New Interpretations

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Martin Kennedy Foys, Karen Eileen Overbey, Dan Terkla
Boydell Press, 2009 - Art - 216 pages
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In the past two decades, scholarly assessment of the Bayeux Tapestry has begun to consider issues beyond its sources and analogues, dating, origin and purpose, and site of display. This volume demonstrates the utility of more recent interpretive approaches to this famous artefact, especially with regard to newer concepts of gender, materiality, reception theory, cultural criticism, performativity, spatial narrative, New Historicism, and post-structuralism. The essays it contains frame vital issues for the future of Tapestry scholarship: they provide original perspectives, and engage with myriad critical concerns: the (New-) historical layering of meaning, representational systems of gender difference, visuality, memory and architecture, modern obsessions with author-like patronage, post-colonial notions of territory and saintly relics, and the function of historiography and media. An exhaustive bibliography of three centuries of critical writings completes the work.

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Contents

Images of Authority
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Reliquaries and Territorial Authority in
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On the Nature of Things in the Bayeux Tapestry and
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Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Martin K. Foys is associate professor of English at Hood College and author of "The Digital Edition of the Bayeux Tapestry," a "Choice" Outstanding Academic Title and recipient of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists prize for Best Edition.

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