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Light, dark, and grey: Representation of hero in William Morris’s the Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs

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Acclaimed and influential, the pre-Raphaelite artist and author William Morris’s long narrative poem The Story of Sigurd and the Fall of the Niblungs (1876) fits, at first sight, the Victorian interpretation of the Old Norse world. It is essentially a world deprived of the original context, where the heroes were re-moulded within the contemporary frame. However, as the story goes, Sigurd’s life gradually drifts away from that of a Victorian conventional hero: unlike other Old-Norse-made-Victo...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1007/s11061-018-9575-7

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Linacre College
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Author
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands Publisher's website
Journal:
Neophilologus Journal website
Volume:
103
Issue:
1
Pages:
129–143
Publication date:
2018-09-24
Acceptance date:
2018-08-24
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EISSN:
1572-8668
ISSN:
0028-2677
Pubs id:
pubs:921457
URN:
uri:08e016a5-00d3-4717-82a4-c3a3931b59d8
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uuid:08e016a5-00d3-4717-82a4-c3a3931b59d8
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pubs:921457

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