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Understanding Historical (Im)Politeness
  • ISSN 1566-5852
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9854
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Abstract

The history of impoliteness — of which insults are a part — and violence are intertwined. In medieval Germanic cultural history, this link manifests itself in historical-pragmatic contexts such as sennur, whettings, and flyting-to-fighting scenarios, which are surveyed in this paper. The ethological origins of such interactions are called into question with reference to the Freudian death drive. Based on the connection between insults and violence, a novel definition of Old English lytegian in the Battle of Maldon is offered, namely ‘jeer, insult’, with comparative support from Icelandic.
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2011-01-01
2019-10-19
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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): Battle of Maldon , etymology , honor , insults and medieval Germanic literature
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