Medievalism: Key Critical Terms

November 2014
10 black and white, 2 line illustrations
295 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
BISAC SOC022000, LIT011000, LIT020000

Medievalism: Key Critical Terms

Edited by Elizabeth Emery, Richard Utz

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Definitions of key words and terms for the study of medievalism.
The discipline of medievalism has produced a great deal of scholarship acknowledging the "makers" of the Middle Ages: those who re-discovered the period from 500 to 1500 by engaging with its cultural works, seeking inspiration from them, or fantasizing about them. Yet such approaches - organized by time period, geography, or theme - often lack an overarching critical framework. This volume aims to provide such a framework, by calling into question the problematic yet commonly accepted vocabulary used in Medievalism Studies. The contributions, by leading scholars in the field, define and exemplify in a lively and accessible style the essential terms used when speaking of the later reception of medieval culture.

The terms: Archive, Authenticity, Authority, Christianity, Co-disciplinarity, Continuity, Feast, Genealogy, Gesture, Gothic, Heresy, Humor, Lingua, Love, Memory, Middle, Modernity, Monument, Myth, Play, Presentism, Primitive, Purity, Reenactment, Resonance, Simulacrum, Spectacle, Transfer, Trauma, Troubadour

Elizabeth Emery is Professor of French and Graduate Coordinator at Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ, USA); Richard Utz is Chair and Professor of Medievalism Studies in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA, USA).

Contributors: Nadia Altschul, Martin Arnold, Kathleen Biddick, William C. Calin, Martha Carlin, Pam Clements, Michael Cramer, Louise D'Arcens, Elizabeth Emery, Elizabeth Fay, Vincent Ferré, Matthew Fisher, Karl Fugelso, Jonathan Hsy, Amy S. Kaufman, Nadia Margolis, David Matthews, Lauryn S. Mayer, Brent Moberly, Kevin Moberly, Gwendolyn Morgan, Laura Morowitz, Kevin D. Murphy, Nils Holger Petersen, Lisa Reilly, Edward Risden, Carol L. Robinson, Juanita Feros Ruys, Tom Shippey, Clare A. Simmons, Zrinka Stahuljak, M. Jane Toswell, Richard Utz, Angela Jane Weisl.

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Table of Contents

Making Medievalism: A Critical Overview - Elizabeth Emery and Richard Utz
Archive - Matthew Fisher
Authenticity - Pamela Clements
Authority - Gwendolyn Morgan
Christianity - William Calin
Co-Disciplinarity - Jonathan Hsy
Continuity -
Feast - Martha Carlin
Genealogy - Zrinka Stahuljak
Gesture - Carol L. Robinson
Gothic - Kevin Murphy and Lisa Reilly
Heresy - Nadia Margolis
Humor - Clare A Simmons
Lingua - M J Toswell
Love - Juanita Feros Ruys
Memory - Vincent Ferre
Middle - David Matthews
Modernity - Tom Shippey
Monument - E L Risden
Myth - Martin Arnold
Play - Brent Moberly and Kevin Moberly
Presentism - Louise D'Arcens
Primitive - Laura Morowitz
Purity - Amy S. Kaufman
Reenactment - Michael A Cramer
Resonance - Nils Holger Petersen
Simulacrum - Lauryn S. Mayer
Spectacle - Angela Jane Weisl
Transfer - Nadia Altschul
Trauma - Kathleen Biddick
Troubadour - Elizabeth Fay


[I]nvites the readers to confront themselves with an "open structure" that is not only the mark of a heuristic approach but also a real epistemological method. . . . In the years to come, this list of key terms will certainly lay the foundations for the renewal of medievalist disciplines, by broadening their outlook and improving their hermeneutical tools. COMITATUS Emery and Utz provide an encyclopedia of essential vocabulary (e.g., authenticity, gothic, primitive) written by leading scholars, often accompanied by brief but engaging case studies. . . . . The reader is left with a firm grounding in the depth and scope of the scholarly field and various recreational pursuits of both amateurs and specialists. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

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