Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Medievalism and Modernity

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Medievalism and Modernity

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Medievalism and Modernity, ed. Karl Fugelso, with Joshua Davies and Sarah Salih, Studies in Medievalism 25 (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2016). 218 pp. ISBN 978-1-84384-437-2. ?60.00. Ecomedievalism, ed. Karl Fugelso, Studies in Medievalism 26 (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2017). 262 pp. ISBN 978-1-84384-465-5. ?60.00. Volume 25 of the series 'Studies in Medievalism' contains thirteen essays exploring the ways that modern visions of the Middle Ages are used, and exploited, for both aesthetic and political ends in film, literature, and public discourse. Topics addressed include, among others, the critique of modern America in Just Visiting, the 2001 remake of Les Visiteurs (1993) in which two medieval men find themselves transported to the twentieth century; the repeated denigration of Islamic fundamentalism as 'medieval'; the assimilation of the 2011 London riots to the Peasants' Revolt; and the modern performance of medieval music. …

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