The Bare-sarked Warrior: A Brief Cultural History Of Battlefield Exposure by Oren FalkThe Bare-sarked Warrior: A Brief Cultural History Of Battlefield Exposure by Oren Falk

The Bare-sarked Warrior: A Brief Cultural History Of Battlefield Exposure

byOren Falk

Hardcover | May 11, 2015

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On the shores of medieval North America, two civilizations — Norse and Native — clash. The descendents of the vikings who had terrorized Europe break and run, quaking in the face of the unknown. Then a lone woman steps in, acting in a most unpredictable way to turn the tide. She is Freydís Eiríksdóttir, the first in a series of bare-sarked warriors whom this book explores. In their darkest hours, as societies teeter on the edge, these paradoxical saviors emerge to perform an alchemical swap: they substitute domesticated, gendered trouble for an unspeakable alien menace. Tracing their topos over a millennium or two, four continents, and a dozen or so languages, this book is about these women’s struggles, their triumphs, and the prices they pay.

Oren Falk is Associate Professor of History and Medieval Studies at Cornell University. He studies medieval cultural history, particularly as revealed through Icelandic sagas, and has published on the history of violence, medieval political imaginaries, and various absences —of wives, volcanoes, beards?, heirs apparent, and more — in m...
Title:The Bare-sarked Warrior: A Brief Cultural History Of Battlefield ExposureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:168 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:May 11, 2015Publisher:ACMRS PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0866985026

ISBN - 13:9780866985024

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Table of Contents


II. Introduction: First Contact

1. Methodology: Prolonged literary echoes

III. Dressing for Danger

2. Methodology: Reconstructing a topos

IV. Help and Humiliation

3. Background: Whetting women

V. Magic and Mercy

4. Background: Bare-skirted witches

5. Interpretation: The bare-breasted Virgin, whence and whither?

6. Interpretation: Mercy triumphs over Justice?

VI. Women’s Work

7. Interpretation: East meets West in the North?

VII. Pain and Pornography

8. Interpretation: Noseless maidens

VIII. Rehabilitating a Vínland Vet

Works Cited

Manuscripts, facsimiles, transcriptions, and incunabula

Edited and translated primary sources

Fiction and creative nonfiction adaptations

Secondary literature