Littoral Encounters: The Shore as Cultural Interface in King Horn

Sebastian Sobecki*

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The thirteenth-century poem King Horn is widely regarded as the first Middle English romance. Consequently, a disproportional amount of attention has been paid to the work's genre and linguistic features, often at the expense of more complex interpretative concerns. One such aspect of the poem is the structural negotiation of the conflict between Saracens and the londisse men allied to the protagonist. This clash permeates the work and pits the land against the sea, elevating the shore to a defining role.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-86
Number of pages8
Journalal-Masaq. Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


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