Faraway, So Close: Liminal Thinking and the Use of Geography in Old English Orosius

Mateusz Fafiński

Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin, Koserstr. 20, 14195 Berlin


This article investigates the role of the periphery in the Old English Orosius with a particular focus on the use of geography as a device for writing history in the Early Middle Ages. By analyzing the sources and curatorial practices employed in the adaptation of the text a crucial role of its liminal character is stressed, as well as a composite nature of its authorship. Finally, the excursus on the voyages of Ohthere and Wulfstan is shown as a practical employment of the analyzed practices.


Early Middle Ages, narratology, Old English, periphery, universal history

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Fafiński, M. (2019). Faraway, So Close: Liminal Thinking and the Use of Geography in Old English Orosius. Studia Warmińskie, 56, 423–437. https://doi.org/10.31648/sw.3252

Mateusz Fafiński 
Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin, Koserstr. 20, 14195 Berlin