The Resource The founding legend of western civilization : from Virgil to Vietnam, Richard Waswo

The founding legend of western civilization : from Virgil to Vietnam, Richard Waswo

Label
The founding legend of western civilization : from Virgil to Vietnam
Title
The founding legend of western civilization
Title remainder
from Virgil to Vietnam
Statement of responsibility
Richard Waswo
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "This book attempts to tell the history of a story, and to show how it is of central importance to western culture because it defines both what 'culture' is and who possesses it," Richard Waswo begins in this impassioned, humane, and compelling reinterpretation of western civilization. The story Waswo refers to is a legend commonly regarded as fact for two millenia: the descent of all European for peoples from emigrant Trojans. But this study, astonishing in its range and fascinating in its vision, does not merely trace the theme through history. Instead, Waswo examines the way the legend influenced western perception and behavior and became embodied in our literature, religion, law, philosophy, history, science, social theory, and film
  • Implicit in this legend of perpetual colonization, Waswo says, is a distinction between "culture," with its settled agricultural and urbanized communities, and the "savage," with its hunting, gathering, and nomadic pastoralism. Waswo examines the powerful influence of the legend from its first expression in the Aeneid itself to The Faerie Queene to the fiction of Conrad and Forster, and also considers such widely disparate manifestations as the films of John Ford, the defoliation of Vietnam, and the policies of the World Bank. Both polemical and thought-provoking, the book shows how "legendary images defining our civilization determine our conduct toward other cultures: the fictions are both enacted in history and at the same time used to justify such action morally."
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Waswo, Richard
Index
index present
LC call number
CB245
LC item number
.W28 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Civilization, Western
  • Legends
  • European literature
  • English literature
  • Historiography
  • Social sciences
  • Landscapes in literature
  • Landscapes in motion pictures
  • Civilisation occidentale
  • Légendes
  • Littérature européenne
  • Littérature anglaise
  • Historiographie
  • Sciences sociales
  • Paysage dans la littérature
  • Paysage au cinéma
  • Westerse wereld
  • Cultuur
  • Cultuurkritiek
  • Gründungslegende
  • Civilization, Western
  • English literature
  • European literature
  • Historiography
  • Landscapes in literature
  • Landscapes in motion pictures
  • Legends
  • Social sciences
  • Territorial expansion
  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Westliche Welt
  • Europe
Label
The founding legend of western civilization : from Virgil to Vietnam, Richard Waswo
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 357-366) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Ch. 5.
  • The legend and the landscape: agri- and other cultures
  • Ch. 6.
  • The unfinished city: chronicle histories
  • Ch. 7.
  • The city founded: Geoffrey of Monmouth
  • Ch. 8.
  • Commerce and culture: patterns of trade and art
  • Ch. 9.
  • Everybody's genealogy: forgers and popularizers
  • Ch. 1.
  • Ch. 10.
  • Epic voyages: poets and colonizers in the sixteenth century
  • Ch. 11.
  • The epic of justification: Edmund Spenser
  • Ch. 12.
  • Spectacles and sermons: pageants and John Donne
  • Ch. 13.
  • Exit history past: neoclassic historiography in England and France
  • The story and the culture
  • Ch. 2.
  • Aeneas and agriculture: Roman archaeology
  • Ch. 3.
  • The epic of history: Virgil's Aeneid
  • Ch. 4.
  • The center of the Aeneid: the arrival of the culture-bringers
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 373 pages
Isbn
9780819552969
Lccn
96032079
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)35192242
  • (OCoLC)ocm35192242
Label
The founding legend of western civilization : from Virgil to Vietnam, Richard Waswo
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 357-366) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Ch. 5.
  • The legend and the landscape: agri- and other cultures
  • Ch. 6.
  • The unfinished city: chronicle histories
  • Ch. 7.
  • The city founded: Geoffrey of Monmouth
  • Ch. 8.
  • Commerce and culture: patterns of trade and art
  • Ch. 9.
  • Everybody's genealogy: forgers and popularizers
  • Ch. 1.
  • Ch. 10.
  • Epic voyages: poets and colonizers in the sixteenth century
  • Ch. 11.
  • The epic of justification: Edmund Spenser
  • Ch. 12.
  • Spectacles and sermons: pageants and John Donne
  • Ch. 13.
  • Exit history past: neoclassic historiography in England and France
  • The story and the culture
  • Ch. 2.
  • Aeneas and agriculture: Roman archaeology
  • Ch. 3.
  • The epic of history: Virgil's Aeneid
  • Ch. 4.
  • The center of the Aeneid: the arrival of the culture-bringers
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 373 pages
Isbn
9780819552969
Lccn
96032079
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)35192242
  • (OCoLC)ocm35192242

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