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Barbarians are people too: the discourse of barbarism in young adult fantasy fiction

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posted on 2022-03-28, 03:06 authored by Olivia Catherine Hartley
Barbarism and the idea of the barbarian is an old and powerful concept. Initially developed by the Greeks as a method for delineating Greek and 'other', the idea was gradually appropriated into Roman literature and political rhetoric in order to both express a sense of exclusion of the barbarian and also reinforce a sense of their own cultural and intellectual superiority. In doing so, a discourse around the barbaric emerged and continued to adapt to the changing socio-cultural landscape of the Roman world ...


Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The discourse of barbarism -- Chapter 2. Why fantasy? -- Chapter 3. Barbaric oppression: why societies go wrong -- Chapter 4. Manly man in tight thighs: barbarism, masculinity, and young adult fantasy fiction -- Chapter 5. Barbaric subjectivity and the power of language -- Conclusion.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 188-192

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


PhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of English

Department, Centre or School

Department of English

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Marcelle Freiman


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mq:71432 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1274283