The Subject of Violence (Hardcover)
The Song of Roland and the Birth of the State
Indiana University Press, 9780253305480, 272pp.
Publication Date: August 22, 1993
"This book provides the reader with a new, challenging, and sophisticated critical analysis of the Song of Roland." --Choice
" Haidu's] close reading of the Song of Roland is interesting, informative, and significant... " --American Historical Review
"Probably the most sophisticated book ever written on the Song of Roland.... It is at once a work of linguistic analysis, of literary theory, of literary history, and, finally, of history." --R. Howard Bloch
Haidu argues that the 12th-century Song of Roland played an essential role in the creation of the nation-state, in that the narrative transforms the independent and violent warriors of the feudal period into the subordinate instruments of the nation-state by enforcing on them the subjection to the rule of monarchy.