Dissonant Neighbours

Narrative Progress in Early Welsh and English Poetry

Awdur(on) David Callander

Iaith: Saesneg

Dosbarthiad(au): Medieval

  • Ebrill 2019 · 320 tudalen ·216x138mm

  • · Clawr Meddal - 9781786833983
  • · eLyfr - pdf - 9781786833990
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Am y llyfr

Mae Dissonant Neighbours yn cymharu barddoniaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg o’r cyfnod cyn 1250 ac yn ymchwilio i’r rhesymau pam y mae’r ddwy lenyddiaeth, sydd mor agos at ei gilydd yn ddaearyddol, yn adrodd digwyddiadau tebyg mewn ffyrdd hynod wahanol. Dylanwadwyd ar lenyddiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg yr Oesoedd Canol gan nifer o’r un ffynonellau Lladin a Ffrangeg, ac mae hyn i’w weld yn y straeon a adroddir ac a rennir yn y ddau draddodiad barddol. Manteisir ar ddull o gymharu a gwrthgyferbynnu barddoniaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i gynnig cipolwg ar dueddiadau naratif y ddwy. Pam, ble a sut y mae beirdd Cymraeg a Saesneg yn defnyddio naratif? Dyma’r cwestiynau y mae’r llyfr hwn am geisio eu hateb, gan gynnig astudiaeth hollol newydd sy’n ymdrin yn gytbwys â’r farddoniaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg. Cyfrennir at ddadleuon cyfoes ynghylch amlieithrwydd a’r berthynas rhwng llenyddiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg, ac fe rennir y llyfr yn bedair bennod gymharol, sy’n gwrthgyferbynnu ystod eang o ddeunydd cynnar Cymraeg a Saesneg ac yn cynnig darlleniadau treiddgar newydd o’r traddodiadau barddol hyn.


‘David Callander’s new book represents comparative literary study at its most illuminating. Remarkable for the elegance and subtlety of its readings and the rigour of its methods, Dissonant Neighbours will be essential reading for scholars of early Welsh and English poetry, and a model for future studies of premodern narrative.’
-Professor Emily V. Thornbury, Yale University

‘Dissonant Neighbours is the most sustained and cogent attempt I have seen to analyse the structure and diction of early Welsh poetry. This ambitious book provides new models for understanding the peculiar interpretative difficulties that confront all students of this literature. Its comparative perspective allows the early Welsh and English traditions to illuminate each other while avoiding the danger of treating one as a norm against which the other is judged.’
-Professor Barry Lewis, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

‘Here is a landmark in the study of early Welsh verse. David Callander is an outstanding critic who reveals aspects of poetic art hardly ever considered or even noticed; individual poems and genres are illuminated as never before. By setting Old and Middle English alongside the Welsh materials, and with a deft use of theory, he brings a fresh set of questions into play that will invigorate the field.’
-Professor Marged Haycock, Aberystwyth University

‘This wide-ranging comparative study offers a stimulating new approach to early narrative poetry, elucidating the distinctive features of the Welsh and English traditions by well-focused contrasts. It will make early Welsh poetry accessible to a new readership, and deserves the attention of anyone interested in the medieval literature of Britain.’
-Professor Dafydd Johnston, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies

'This book is a tremendous achievement. Through the application of brand new methodologies and incisive close reading, David Callander makes a groundbreaking contribution to the study of medieval literary culture. All scholars of early English and Welsh narrative will need to read his work.'
- Dr Richard Dance, University of Cambridge

'David Callander’s excellent study takes a long-overdue comparative approach to early medieval Welsh and English poetry... This book is accessible to as wide a readership as possible. Dissonant Neighbours moves the field of comparative Welsh/English studies forward in exiting ways, and I can only hope that it will be read as widely as it should.'
- Studia Celtica Fennica, Lindy Brady, University College Dublin - https://journal.fi/scf/issue/view/6165


Chapter 1            : Battle
Chapter 2            : Narrative at the End of the World
Chapter 3            : Retelling Christ’s Birth and Early Life
Chapter 4            : List and Narrative

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