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The Rhetoric of Power in the Bayeux Tapestry


Part of Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism

  • Date Published: September 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107403352

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  • The Bayeux Tapestry has long been recognized as one of the most problematical historical documents of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. More than a reinterpretation of the historical evidence, Suzanne Lewis's study explores the visual and textual strategies that have made the Bayeux Tapestry's narrative such a powerful experience for audiences over the centuries. The Rhetoric of Power focuses on how the Tapestry tells its story and how it shapes the responses of reader-viewers. This involves a detailed analysis of the way the visual narrative draws on diverse literary genres to establish the cultural resonance of the story it tells. The material is organized into self-contained yet cross-referencing episodes that not only portray the events of the Conquest but locate those events within the ideological codes of Norman feudalism. Lewis's analysis conveys how the whole 232-foot tapestry would have operated as a complex cultural 'fiction' comparable to modern cinema.

    • Offers fresh interpretation of one of the key monuments of medieval art
    • Interdisciplinary subject matter of interest to historians and literature and art history scholars
    • Well-known Press author, has written for the literature and art history lists
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    • Date Published: September 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107403352
    • length: 186 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.28kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: medieval audience, performance and display
    1. The problematics of genre
    2. Narrative strategies and visible signs
    3. Narrative structures
    4. The Norman Conquest and Odo of Bayeux.

  • Author

    Suzanne Lewis, Stanford University, California

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