Thresholds of Medieval Visual Culture: Liminal Spaces

Thresholds of Medieval Visual Culture: Liminal Spaces

Edited by Elina Gertsman, Jill Stevenson


Boydell Press



Interdisciplinary approaches to the material culture of the middle ages, from illuminated manuscripts to church architecture.
"This aptly-named book brings all manner of boundary-crossing into one provocative, material space in which we can view the riches of state-of-the-art scholarship on medieval and early modern visual culture." Gail McMurray Gibson, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English and Humanities, Davidson College

The essays in this collection explore the thresholds between the visual and verbal, the sensory and performative, the literal and metaphorical, the social and epistemological that shaped the cultural matrix of the Middle Ages. The contributors' interrelated interests in patronage, word-image relationships, reception theory, gender studies, close visual and textual analysis, and performance criticism make for a valuable interdisciplinary mix that highlights the importance of studying medieval material culture in its many manifestations and valences. The book benefits from the ambitious cross-disciplinary explorations and engagements with contemporary theory undertaken in the field of medieval studies in recent decades, especially those by Pamela Sheingorn, to whom the volume is dedicated.

Jill Stevenson is Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, Marymount Manhattan College; Elina Gertsman is Assistant Professor of Medieval Art, Case Western Reserve University.

Contributors: Richard K. Emmerson, Kathryn A. Smith, Lucy Freeman Sandler, Marilynn Desmond, Adelaide Bennett, Jonathan J. G. Alexander, Diane Wolfthal, Corine Schleif, Rachel Dressler, Glenn Burger, Robert L. A. Clark, Jenna Soleo-Shanks, Glenn Ehrstine, Colum Hourihane


March 2012
8 colour, 115 black and white illustrations
406 pages
24.4x17.2 cm
Boydell Studies in Medieval Art and Architecture
ISBN: 9781843836971
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BISAC ART015070, ARC005030, REL072000
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Publications of Pamela Sheingorn
Introduction: Limning the Field - Elina Gertsman and Jill Stevenson
On the Threshold of the Last Days: Negotiating Image and Word in the Apocalypse of Jean de Berry - Richard K Emmerson
The Monk Who Crucified Himself - Kathryn A. Smith
The Lumere as lais and its Readers: Pictorial Evidence from British Library MS Royal 15 D II - Lucy Freeman Sandler
Reading and Visuality in Stephen Scrope's Translatio of Christine de Pizan's Epistre Othea - Marilynn Desmond
Making Literate Lay Women Visible: Text and Image in French and Flemish Books of Hours, 1220-1320 - Adelaide Bennett
Women and the Italian Renaissance Illuminated Manuscript - J J G Alexander
The Sexuality of the Medieval Comb - Diane Wolfthal
Kneeling on the Threshold: Donors Negotiating Realms Betwixt and Between - Corine Schleif
Sculptural Representation and Spatial Appropriation in a Medieval Chantry Chapel - Rachel Dressler
In the Merchant's Bedchamber - Glenn Burger
Liminality and Literary Genres: Texts par personnages in Late Medieval Manuscript Culture - Robert L. A. Clark
From Stage to Page: Siena's Caleffo dell'Assunta, Spectacular Machines, and the Promotion of Civic Power - Jenna Soleo-Shanks
Passion Spectatorship Between Private and Public Devotion - Glenn Ehrstine
Afterword. Pamela Sheingorn: An Appreciation - Colum Hourihane


A colourful, scholarly and often fascinating volume. HISTORY

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