Locating the Middle Ages

Locating the Middle Ages

The Spaces and Places of Medieval Culture

Edited by Julian Weiss, Sarah Salih

Hardback
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King's College London CLAMS

Overview

Overview

An examination of the ideas of space and place as manifested in medieval texts, art, and architecture.
This interdisciplinary collection of sixteen essays explores the significance of space and place in Late Antique and medieval culture, as well as modern reimaginings of medieval topographies. Its case studies draw on a wide variety of critical approaches and cover architecture, the visual arts (painting and manuscript illumination), epic, romance, historiography, hagiography, cartography, travel writing, as well as modern English poetry. Challenging simplistic binaries of East and West, self and other, Muslim and Christian, the volume addresses the often unexpected roles played by space and place in the construction of individual and collective identities in religious and secular domains. The essays move through world spaces (mappaemundi, the exotic and the mundane East, the Mediterranean); empires, nations, and frontier zones; cities (Avignon, Jerusalem, and Reval); and courts, castles and the architecture of subjectivity, closing with modern visions of the medieval world. They explore human movement in space and the construction of time and place in memory. Taking up pressing contemporary issues such as nationalism, multilingualism, multiculturalism and confessional relations, they find that medieval material provides narratives that we can use today in our negotiations with the past.

Julian Weiss is Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Hispanic Studies, Sarah Salih Senior Lecturer in English, at King's College London.

Contributors: Richard Talbert, Paul Freedman, Sharon Kinoshita, Luke Sunderland, Julian Weiss, Sarah Salih, Konstantin Klein, Katie Clark, Elizabeth Monti, Elina Gertsman, Elina Räsänen, Geoff Rector, Nicolay Ostrau, Andrew Cowell, Joshua Davies, Chris Jones, Matthew Francis

Details

December 2012
20 colour, 3 black and white illustrations
272 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Kings College London Medieval Studies
ISBN: 9780953983872
Format: Hardback
King's College London CLAMS
BIC DSBB, 1D, 2AB
BISAC HIS037010, HIS052000
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Table of Contents

Peutinger's Map Before Peutinger: Circulation and Impact, AD 300-1500 - Richard Talbert
Locating the Exotic - Paul Freedman
Locating the Medieval Mediterranean - Sharon Kinoshita
Multilingualism and Empire in L'Entrée d'Espagne - Luke Sunderland
Remembering Spain in the Medieval European Epic: A Prospect - Julian Weiss
Lydgate's Landscape History - Sarah Salih
The Politics of Holy Space: Jerusalem in the Theodosian Era (379-457 CE) - Konstantin Klein
Redefining Space in Early Fourteenth-Century Avignon: The St-Etienne Episode
Locating Legitimacy: Architectural Patronage in Schismatic Avignon
Locating the Body in Late Medieval Revival - Elina Gertsman
Literary Leisure and the Architectural Spaces of Early Anglo-Norman Literature - Geoff Rector
Enclosures of Love: Locating Emotion in the Arthurian Romances Yvain/Iwein - Nicolay Ostrau
The Subjectivity of Space: Walls and Castles in La Prise d'Orange - Andrew Cowell
Relocating Anglo-Saxon England: Places of the Past in Basil Bunting's Briggflatts and Geoffrey Hill's Mercian Hymns - Joshua Davies
Recycling Anglo-Saxon Poetry: Richard Wilbur's `Junk' and a Self Study - C S Jones
Rewriting Mandeville's Travels - Matthew Francis

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A collection that medieval historians should engage with in terms of how both the sources and modern scholars construct ideas of place and space. HISTORY

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