The Stories of Attila the Hun's Death: Narrative, Myth and Meaning

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Striking a middle course between classical philology, which he finds stuffy though established, and new analytical models, Babcock (Germanic philology, Liberty U.) takes up the origin of some great classic works of the early Germanic Middle Ages, the stories that were originally told of the death of Attila the Hun. He argues that neither a strictly philological approach, as textually and linguistically defined, nor a strictly theoretical approach can satisfactorily explain the issues he raises. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773474468
  • Publisher: Mellen, Edwin Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Pages: 136

Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword
Ch. 1 Attila and the Huns: History and Story 1
The Dethronement of Clio
Historical Background: The Later Roman Empire
The Emergence of a Scholarly Consensus
Walter Goffart's Study (1988)
Ch. 2 The Getica: Attila's Death as an Ironic Tragedy 23
Structural Aspects of the Hun Narrative
Rhetorical Aspects of the Hun Narrative
The Historical Context of the Hun Narrative
Ch. 3 The Walthersaga; Attila's Death as Comic Crux 53
A Survey of the Scholarship
Ekkehard's Rewriting of History and Legend
Ch. 4 The Nibelungensaga: The Problem of Etzel's Survival 83
The Historical Explanation
Symbolic Explanations
The Formalist Explanation
Ch. 5 Conclusion 105
App Bucking Horses in the Getica 111
Bibliography 117
Index 125
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