ENG505.001:Writing, Race, and the English Nation

Fall 2007

Prof. Eileen Joy




Figure 1. still image from King Arthur (2004)

ECR = Electronic Course Reserves  

I. Premodern Studies

Bartlett, Robert. The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization, and Cultural Change, 950-1350. Penguin Press, 1993.

[on ECR: "Race Relations on the Frontiers of Latin Europe (1): Language and Law"; "Race Relations on the Frontiers of Latin Europe (2): Power and Blood"]

- - - . "Medieval and Modern Concepts of Race and Ethnicity." Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 31.1 (2001): 39-56. [ECR]

Bede Venerabilis. A History of the English Church and People. Trans. Leo Sherley-Price. Penguin Books, 1955.

Blurton, Heather. Cannibalism in High Medieval English Literature. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

[handout: "Self-Eaters: The Cannibal Narrative of Andreas"]

Campbell, Mary. Witness and the Other World: Exotic European Travel Writing, 400-1600. Cornell University Press, 1988.

[on ECR: "That othere half: Mandeville Naturalizes the East"]

Chazan, Robert. The Jews of Medieval Western Christendom, 1000-1500. Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome. Of Giants: Sex, Monsters and the Middle Ages. University of Minnesota Press, 1999.

[on ECR: "The Ruins of Identity"; "The Body in Pieces: Identity and the Monstrous in Romance"]

Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome. Medieval Identity Machines. University of Minnesota Press, 2003.

[on ECR: "The Becoming-Liquid of Margery Kempe"; "On Saracen Enjoyment"]

Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome. Hybridity, Identity, and Monstrosity in Medieval Britain: On Difficult Middles. Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

[on ECR: "Acts of Separation: Shaping Communal Bodies"; "In The Borderlands: The Identities of Gerald of Wales"; "The Flow of Blood in Norwich"]

Coulton, G.G. "Nationalism in the Middle Ages." Cambridge Historical Journal 4 (1935): 15-40.

Davies, Rees. "Frontier Arrangements in Fragmented Societies: Ireland and Wales." In Medieval Frontier Societies, ed. Robert Bartlett and Angus MacKay. Clarendon Press, 1989. [ECR]

Davis, Kathleen. "National Writing in the Ninth Century: A Reminder for Postcolonial Thinking about the Nation." Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 28 (1998): 611-637.

Dinshaw, Carolyn. Getting Medieval: Sexualities and Communities, Pre- and Postmodern. Duke University Press, 1999.

[on ECR: "Margery Kempe Answers Back"]

Finke, Laurie and Martin Shichtman. King Arthur and the Myth of History. University Press of Florida, 2004.

[on ECR: "Profiting from the Past: History as Symbolic Capital"]

Foot, Sarah. "The Making of Angelcynn: English Identity Before the Norman Conquest." Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 6th series VI (1996):25-49. [handout]

Frazer, William O. and Andrew Tyrell, eds. Social Identity in Early Medieval Britain. Continuum International Publishing, 2000.

[handout: John Moreland, "Ethnicity, Power and the English"]

Friedman, John Block. The Monstrous Races in Medieval Art and Thought. Syracuse University Press, 2000.

[on ECR: "Exotic Peoples in Manuscript Illustration"; "Monstrous Men as Noble Savages"]

Geary, Patrick. The Myth of Nations: The Medieval Origins of Europe. Princeton University Press, 2002.

[on ECR: "Toward New European Peoples"]

Geoffrey of Monmouth. The History of the Kings of Britain. Trans. Lewis Thorpe. Penguin Books, 1966.

[on ECR: "Part Seven: Arthur of Britain"]

Gillingham, John. The English in the Twelfth Century: Imperialism, National Identity and Political Values. Boydell Press, 2000.

[on ECR: "The Context and Purposes of Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain"; "Conquering the Barbarians: War and Chivalry in Twelfth-Century Britain and Ireland"; "The English Invasion of Ireland"]

Goffart, Walter. Barbarian Tides: The Migration Age and the Later Roman Empire. University of Pennyslvania Press, 2006.

[on ECR: "A Clarification: The Three Meanings of 'Migration Age'"; "A Recipe on Trial: 'The Germans Overthrow the Roman Empire'"; "An Entrenched Myth of Origins: The Germans Before Germany"]

Hahn, Thomas. "The Difference the Middle Ages Make: Color and Race Before the Modern World." Journal of Medieval and Modern Studies 31.1 (2001): 1-37. [ECR]

Heng, Geraldine. Empire of Magic: Medieval Romance and the Politics of Cultural Fantasy. Columbia University Press, 2003.

[on ECR: "Cannibalism, the First Crusade, and the Genesis of Medieval Romance: Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain"]

- - - . "The Romance of England: Richard Coer de Lyon, Saracens, Jews, and the Politics of Race and Nation." In The Postcolonial Middle Ages, ed. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen. St. Martin's Press, 2000. [ECR]

Henson, Donald. The Origins of the Anglo-Saxons. Anglo-Saxon Books, 2006.

Hodges, Richard. The Anglo-Saxon Achievement. Cornell University Press, 1989.

Hugh, Thomas M. The English and the Normans: Ethnic Hostility, Assimilation, and Identity, 1066-c.1220. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Ingham, Patricia Clare. Sovereign Fantasies: Arthurian Romance and the Making of Britain. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001.

Ingham, Patricia Clare and Michelle R. Warren. Postcolonial Moves: Medieval through Modern. Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

Kinoshita, Sharon. "Pagans Are Wrong and Christians Are Right: Alterity, Gender, and Nation in the Chanson de Roland." Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 31 (2001): 79-111.

Kruger, Steven. "Conversion and Medieval Sexual, Religious, and Racial Categories." In Constructing Medieval Sexuality, ed. Karma Lochrie, Peggy McCracken, and James A. Schultz. University of Minnesota Press, 1997. [ECR]

- - - . The Spectral Jew: Conversion and Embodiment in Medieval Europe. University of Minnesota Press, 2006.

[on ECR: "Becoming Christian? Conversion and the Stubborn Body"]

Lacy, Norris J. The Fortunes of King Arthur. D.S. Brewer, 2005.

Lavezzo, Kathy. Angels on the Edge of the World: Geography, Literature, and English Community, 1000-1534. Cornell University Press, 2006.

[on ECR: "Gerald De Barri and Ireland's Conquest"; handouts: "Introduction: Modern Motherland and Ancient Otherworld" & "Another Country: AElfric and the Production of English Identity"]

Lavezzo, Kathy, ed. Imagining a Medieval English Nation. University of Minnesota Press, 2003.

Lees, Clare A. and Gillian Overing. "Before History, Before Difference: Bodies, Metaphor, and the Church in Anglo-Saxon England." The Yale Journal of Criticism 11.2 (1998): 315-334. [handout]

- - - . Gender and Empire in the Early Medieval World. Special Issue: Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 34.1 (2004): 1-16.

Lupack, Alan. The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend. Oxford University Press, 2005.

Orchard, Andy. Pride and Prodigies: Studies in the Monsters of the Beowulf-Manuscript. University of Toronto Press, 1995.

[on ECR: Appendix IIc, "The Letter of Alexander to Aristotle"]

Ortenberg, Veronica. In Search of the Holy Grail: The Quest for the Middle Ages. Hambledon Continuum, 2006.

Pohl, Walter. Strategies of Distinction: The Construction of Ethnic Communities, 300-800. Brill, 1998.

[on ECR: "Telling the Difference: Signs of Ethnic Identity"]

Purdie, Rhiannon and Nicola Royan, eds. The Scots and Medieval Arthurian Legend. D.S. Brewer, 2005.

Reynolds, Susan. Kingdoms and Communities in Western Europe, 900-1300. Clarendon Press, 1984.

- - - . "What Do We Mean By 'Anglo-Saxon' and 'Anglo-Saxons'?" Journal of British Studies 24 (1985): 395-414.

Scheil, Andrew. The Footsteps of Israel: Understanding Jews in Anglo-Saxon England. University of Michigan Press, 2004.

[on ECR: "Anti-Judaism and Somatic Fiction"]

Smyth, Alfred P., ed. Medieval Europeans: Studies in Ethnic Identity and National Perspectives in Medieval Europe. Palgrave Macmillan, 2001.

Strickland, Debra Higgs. Saracens, Demons, and Jews: Making Monsters in Medieval Art. Princeton University Press, 2003.

[on ECR: "Demons, Darkness, and Ethiopians"]

Thornton, David E. Kings, Chronologies, and Genealogies: Studies in the Political History of Early Medieval Ireland and Wales.
Prosopographica et Genealogica 10. Linacre College, 2003.

Wareham, Andrew. Lords and Communities in Early Medieval East Anglia. Boydell & Brewer, 2005.

Warren, Michelle R. History on the Edge: Exclaibur and the Borders of Britain, 1100-1300. University of Minnesota Press, 2000.

Wormald, Patrick. "Engla Land: The Making of an Allegiance." Journal of Historical Sociology 7 (1994):1-24.


II. Contemporary & Theoretical Studies

Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. Rev. ed. Verso Books, 1991.

[on ECR: "Introduction"; "Cultural Roots"; "Origins of National Consciousness"; "Patriotism and Racism"]

Benitez-Rojo, Antonio. The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Postmodern Perspective. 2nd ed. Duke University Press, 1996.

[on ECR: "Introduction: The Repeating Island"]

Bhabha, Homi K. The Location of Culture. Routledge, 1994.

Braidotti, Rosi. Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming. Polity Press, 2002.

[on ECR: "Met(r)morphoses: Becoming Woman/Animal/Insect"]

- - - . Transpositions: On Nomadic Ethics. Polity Press, 2006.

[on ECR: "Transactions: Transposing Difference"]

Chakrabarty, Dipesh. Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference. Princeton University Press, 2000.

Davidson, Cathy N., ed. Subjects and Citizens: Nation, Race, and Gender from Oroonoko to Anita Hill. Duke University Press, 1995.

De Landa, Manuel. A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History. Swerve Editions, 1997.

[on ECR: "Biological History: 1000-1700 A.D."; "Species and Ecosystems"; "Biological History: 1700-2000 A.D."]

Frankenberg, Ruth. White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness. University of Minnesota Press, 1993.

Gellner, Ernest. Nations and Nationalism. Routledge, 1990.

Gilroy, Paul. There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack. Hutchinson, 1987.

Glissant, Eduardo. Caribbean Discourse: Selected Essays. Trans. J. Michael Dash. University Press of Virginia, 1989.

Godlewska, Anne and Neil Smith, eds. Geography and Empire. Blackwell Publishers, 1994.

Harrison, Faye V. "Expanding the Discourse on 'Race'." American Anthropologist 100 (1998): 609-631.

Jones, Rhys. People/States/Territories: The Political Geographies of British State Transformation. Blackwell Publishing, 2007.

[on ECR: "Analysing an Emerging State: State Actors and Territorial State Apparatus"; "Peopling the Medieval State"; "Embodying Early Modern State Consolidation"]

Kristeva, Julia. Strangers to Ourselves. Trans. Leon S. Roudiez. Columbia University Press, 1991.

Lefebvre, Henri. The Production of Space. Trans. Donald Nicholson-Smith. Blackwell Publishers, 1991.

Massey, Doreen. "Politics and Space/Time." New Left Review 196 (1992): 65-84.

McClintock, Anne. Imperial Leather: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Colonial Conquest. Routledge, 1995.

McClintock, Anne, Aamir Mufti, and Ella Shohat, eds. Dangerous Liasons: Gender, Nation, and Postcolonial Perspectives. University of Minnesota Press, 1997.

Said, Edward. Culture and Imperialism. Vintage Books, 1994.

- - - . Orientalism. Vintage Books, 1979.

Sen, Amartya. Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny. W.W. Norton, 2006.

Wald, Gayle. Crossing the Line: Racial Passing in Twentieth-Century U. S. Literature and Culture. Duke University Press, 2000.