"Pagans are wrong and Christians are right": Alterity, Gender, and Nation in the Chanson de Roland

  title={"Pagans are wrong and Christians are right": Alterity, Gender, and Nation in the Chanson de Roland},
  author={Sharon Kinoshita},
  journal={Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies},
  pages={111 - 79}
  • S. Kinoshita
  • Published 1 January 2001
  • Art
  • Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Recent metahistories of our discipline have uncovered how strongly the canonization of the Roland as the preeminent French epic is linked to the historical exigencies of the late nineteenth century. Prized as a precocious assertion of French national sentiment, it performed important cultural work as the Third Republic strove to overcome the humiliation of the Franco-Prussian War. At this foundational moment in the history of medieval French studies, epic was thus defined as the perfect… 
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