The Subject of Violence (Hardcover)

The Song of Roland and the Birth of the State

By Peter Haidu

Indiana University Press, 9780253305480, 272pp.

Publication Date: August 22, 1993

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"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.

About the Author

PETER HAIDU is Professor of French at UCLA.