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Religious Differences: Subjectivity and Alterity in the Chanson de Roland

Raymond, Normand (2014) Religious Differences: Subjectivity and Alterity in the Chanson de Roland. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation seeks to explore how theological and philosophical traditions during the medieval period lead to the establishment of views on the nature of God, the best manner of living, as well as the best way of remaining faithful to a proper mode of religious worship. Furthermore, this study proposes that the adherence to such religious truths played a significant role in fashioning subjectivities, while simultaneously determining one religious traditions interaction with other religious communities. I argue that by identifying with a certain conception of God, the worldview presented in the “Song of Roland” comes to identify the themes of power/chivalry, subjective becoming, and fear as being inextricably linked in the Franks reaction to the Saracen world. Religious identification thus serves to establish dichotomies, worldviews, and religious differences that ultimately justify violent extremism and genocide. My work contributes and innovates upon much of the existing scholarship, yet I break new ground in the field given that the theoretical framework I have chosen to employ seeks to fully develop the philosophical, political, and theological consequences of early Christian anthropology.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee MemberLyon, Johnjdlyon@pitt.eduJDLYON
Committee MemberMecchia, Giuseppinamecchia@pitt.eduMECCHIA
Committee MemberReeser, Toddreeser@pitt.eduREESER
Committee ChairBlumenfeld-Kosinski,
Date: 31 January 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 20 September 2013
Approval Date: 31 January 2014
Submission Date: 26 November 2013
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 234
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > French
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: French Medieval Literature, Philosophy, Religion, War, Subjectivity, Alterity
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2014 21:50
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:15


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