Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Defining Medievalism(s) II

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Defining Medievalism(s) II

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Defining Medievalism(s) II, ed. Karl Fugelso, Studies in MedievaUsm XVIII (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2009). xü + 292pp. ISBN 978-1-84384- 210-1. £5o.oo/$95.oo.This, Fugelso's second volume of Defining Medievalism(s) for the SiM series ('a kind of sequel', p. xi), brings together a further fourteen essays and articles treating theoretical questions and case studies relating to what is a difficult but fascinating topic. The papers are divided into two broad categories, 'Perspectives' and 'Interpretations'; the first, encompassing six discursive treatments of the tide, sets the context for the second, comprising eight 'sample-based' pieces. 'Perspectives' includes the 'medievaUstics' (p. 19) of Haydock, analysing some aspects and dilemmas of past and present processes of categorization that are bereft of, or which too loosely construct, a medium aevum when estabUshing a conceptual overview; Utz on demonstrating correlations to temporaUty within medievaUst discourse; Robinson and Clements presenting the importance of factors such as self-reflexivity in defining 'neomedievaUsm' as distinct from medievaUsm, and Chance's characterization of medievaUsm via aspects of teaching New MedievaUsms in film and Uterature. …

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