International Medievalisms
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224 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

6 b/w illus.

Series: Medievalism

Series Vol. Number: 22

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

International Medievalisms

From Nationalism to Activism

Edited by Mary Boyle

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Identifies and investigates international medievalism through three distinct strands: "Internationally Nationalist", "Someone Else's Past?", and "Activist Medievalism".
Medievalism - the reception of the Middle Ages - often invokes a set of tropes generally considered 'medieval', rather than consciously engaging with medieval cultures and societies. International medievalism offers an additional interpretative layer by juxtaposing two or more national cultures, at least one of which is medieval. 'National' can be aspirational: it might refer to the area within agreed borders, or to the people who live there, but it might also describe the people who understand, or imagine, themselves to constitute a nation. And once 'medieval' becomes simply a collection of ideas, it can be re-formed as desired, cast as more geographically than historically specific, or function as a gateway to an even more nebulous past.

This collection identifies and investigates international medievalism through three distinct strands, 'Internationally Nationalist', 'Someone Else's Past?', and 'Activist Medievalism', exploring medievalist media from the textual to the architectural. Subjects range from The Green Children of Woolpit to Refugee Tales, and from Viking metal to Joan of Arc. As the contributors to each section make clear, for centuries the medieval has provided material for countless competing causes and cannot be contained within historical, political, or national borders. The essays show how the medieval is repeatedly co-opted and recreated, formed as much as formative: inviting us to ask why, and in service of what.
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List of Contributors
Acknowledgements

Introduction, Mary Boyle

I. Internationally Nationalist
1. Making up the Middle Ages: Roman Scotland and Medievalism in the Eighteenth Century, Kristina Hildebrand
2. Emma Letherbrow's Gudrun: Kudrun for 'Modern' Victorians, Mary Boyle
3. Nationalism and Colonialism: The Early German Reception of The Tale of Igor's Campaign, Florian Gassner
4. Inhabiting an Unpredictable Past - the Paradoxes of Russian Cultural Historicism, Michael Makin

II. Someone Else's Past?
5. The Medievalism of Gregor Jordan's Ned Kelly, Sabina Rahman
6. 'The Northland of Old': The Use and 'Misuse' of (Medieval) Iceland, Hannah Armstrong
7. 'Out of My Country and Myself I Go': A Discourse of the Troubadour in British and Irish Literature, Kayleigh Ferguson
8. 'The old magic of the mind': the Influence of Wales and Medieval Welsh Literature in John Cowper Powys's, Maiden Castle, Felix Taylor

III. Activist Medievalism
9. 'Green Growing Pains': the Green Children of Woolpit and Child Refugees, Carolyne Larrington
10. Medievalisms of Welcome: Medieval Englishness and the Nation's Migrant Other in Refugee Tales, Matthias D. Berger
11. Nordic Giants: Using Left-Wing Post-Rock to Deepen Our Understandings of White Supremacist Interpretations of Vikings, Eirnin Jefford Franks
12. 'The Great Original Suffragist': Joan of Arc as a Symbol in the U.S. Women's Suffrage Movement, Suzanne LaVere

Index

MARY BOYLE is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Oxford and Junior Research Fellow at Linacre College, Oxford.

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Title Details

224 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

6 b/w illus.

Series: Medievalism

Series Vol. Number: 22

Imprint: D.S.Brewer