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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:25-opus-86139
URL: http://www.freidok.uni-freiburg.de/volltexte/8613/


Schustereder, Stefan J.

Strategies of identity construction : the writings of Gildas, Aneirin and Bede

Strategien der Identitätskonstruktion : die Schriften von Gildas, Aneirin und Beda

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Kurzfassung in Englisch

This study approaches three exemplary writings from the period between AD 550 to AD 732 in order to show how the respective features of identity construction were and still are presented. The three sources chosen for this study represent different perspectives on peoples in Britain during this time. Two of them are from British authors, Gildas and Aneirin, who wrote about their own people as well as about the peoples who began invading the island shortly after the fall of the Roman Empire in the mid-fifth century. The third author, the Venerable Bede, writes from the perspective of these invading peoples and speaks of his view of the invasion and about the peoples who lived in Britain. The authors also differ in regard to their social background. While two of them, Gildas and Bede, were ecclesiastics, the third author, Aneirin, wrote his poems from a secular perspective. Another difference between the sources which will be used in this study is their textual genre. The study shows that the construction of identities is not limited to a specific genre but can be found in all the writings dealt with in my thesis, which belong to the textual genres of letters, poems, histories and chronicles.
The central research questions of the thesis can thus be formulated as follows: what are the features that can be considered to have been instrumental in the construction of the identity of a gens? How is the use of these features influenced by the historical and social context of the writings and their authors? Where are the similarities in the use of these features in the texts, where are their differences? How can these similarities and differences be explained? Following these questions, my study will show that features of identity construction can be found in writings from different genres and from different social and ethnic backgrounds. In spite of these differences, features of identity construction are also inherited from earlier writings and put into a new context in order to fit the purpose of a new writing. The construction of identities in texts will therefore be demonstrated to have been a dynamic process embedded in the strategies of authors who were writing for a specific purpose. In other words, the respective identities are not freshly constructed for each writing but rather copied from earlier writings and recontextualized in the new texts depending on the perspective and purpose of the author.


Kurzfassung in Deutsch

In der Arbeit werden Texte drei mittelalterlicher Autoren, Gildas, Aneirin and Bede, auf ihre identitätsstiftende Funktion untersucht. Der Korpus der zu untersuchenden Texte umfasst Gildas De Excidio et Conquestu Brittaniae, eine Reihe von Versen des Dichters Aneirin, welche im Allgemeinen unter dem Titel Y Gododdin zusammengefasst werden, sowie die Werke Historia Ecclesiasticca Gentis Anglorum, Historia Abbatum und die Chronica Maior, ein Teil des Werkes De Temporum Ratione von Beda Venerabilis. Durch die Unterschiede in ethnischer, sozialer und religiöser Herkunft der Autoren kann so eine Untersuchung ethnischer Konstruktionsstrategien an Werken angewandt werden, welche verschiedene Perspektiven der frühmittelalterlichen Gesellschaft Britanniens bieten. Dabei folgt die Arbeit einem von der Diskursanalyse geprägten und an das Thema und die Quellensituation angepassten methodischen Ansatz.


SWD-Schlagwörter: Gildas <der Weise> / Liber querulus de calamitate , excidio et conquestu Britaniae , Aneirin / Y Gododdin , Beda <Venerabilis>
Freie Schlagwörter (deutsch): Beda <Venerabilis> / H
Freie Schlagwörter (englisch): Identity , Medieval Writings , Aneirin , Bede , Gildas
Institut: Englisches Sem. 1 Inst. f. Engl. Sprache und Literatur
Fakultät: Philologische Fakultät
DDC-Sachgruppe: Englische, altenglische Literaturen
Dokumentart: Dissertation
Erstgutachter: Tristram, Hildegard (Prof. Dr. Dr.)
Sprache: Englisch
Tag der mündlichen Prüfung: 14.05.2012
Erstellungsjahr: 2012
Publikationsdatum: 14.06.2012
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