The Toad and the Donkey : An anthology of Norman Literature.

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The Toad and the Donkey : An anthology of Norman Literature.

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The Toad and the Donkey : An anthology of Norman Literature from the
Channel Islands
Lesser Used Languages of Europe Series Volume Four
Edited by Geraint Jennings and Yan Marquis
With a preface by E. Winston Le Brun

Paperback 477 pages
ISBN 978 1903427 61 3

The Toad and the Donkey brings together texts in the Norman languages of
the Channel Islands, along with other texts that illustrate the tangled
linguistic heritages of what Victor Hugo, in exile in the Islands from
1852 until 1870, called ‘pieces of France fallen into the sea and picked
up by England’. In 1066 William the Conqueror and his troops, including
Channel Islanders, brought the Norman language to England by force and
claim of succession, but in the twenty-first century Norman voices still
express the special cultures of these remnants of the Duchy of Normandy.

From Jersey’s earliest known poet, the twelfth-century Wace, who was
the first to introduce the Round Table to Arthurian legend, to the
inspirational nineteenth-century revival in Guernsey and Jersey, as well
as writing from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, The Toad and
the Donkey explores themes such as economic expansion across the
Atlantic to North America and elections at home; love and limpets;
witchcraft, war and women’s emancipation; slave-trading and seaweed.

For the first time, texts from Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney and Sark have
been selected and translated in order to illustrate how writers from the
Islands have been inspired by each other, and by overseas influences.
This literary tradition has been neglected, fitting neither into the
comfortable categories of British literature nor French literature, but
like the Channel Islands themselves, sitting somewhere in the currents
which flow between both.

Order now: available from 1 April 2011
Special pre-publication price until 21 March: £17.99

Geraint Jennings
Offici assistant du Jèrriais

L’Office du Jèrriais
Dêpartément pouor l'Êducâtion, l'Sport et la Tchultuthe
PO Box 142

tél: +44 1534 449292


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