Publication – « The Middle Ages in the Modern World. Twenty-first century perspectives », dir. Bettina Bildhauer et Chris Jones

The Middle Ages continue to provide an important touchstone for the way the modern West presents itself and its relationship with the rest of the globe. This volume brings together leading scholars of literature and history, together with musicians, novelists, librarians, and museum curators in order to present exciting, up-to-date perspectives on how and why the Middle Ages continue to matter in the 20th and 21st centuries. Presented here, their essays represent a unique dialogue between scholars and practitioners of ‘medievalism’. Framed by an introductory essay on the broad history of the continuing evolution of the idea of ‘The Middle Ages’ from the 14th century to the present day, chapters deal with subjects as diverse as: the use of Old Norse sagas by Republican deniers of climate change; the way figures like the Irish hero Cú Chulainn and St Patrick were used to give legitimacy to political affiliations during the Ulster ‘Troubles’; the use of the Middle Ages in films by Pasolini and Tarantino; the adoption of the ‘Green Man’ motif in popular culture; Lady Gaga’s manipulation of medieval iconography in her music videos; the translation of medieval poetry from manuscript to digital media; and the problem of writing national history free from the ‘toxic medievalism’ of the 19th and 20th centuries.

This book will appeal to anyone interested in the Middle Ages and its impact on recent political and cultural history. It is dedicated to the memory of Seamus Heaney, who gave his last overseas lecture in St Andrews in 2013, the year this book was conceived, and whose late poetry this book also discusses.

Table des matières :

1: Introduction: The Middle Ages in the Modern World: Twenty-first-century Perspectives, Bettina Bildhauer and Chris Jones

Part One: Medievalism in Politics and Histories

2: Thorkel Farserk Goes for a Swim: Climate Change, the Medieval Optimum, and the Perils of Amateurism, Bruce Holsinger
3: ‘The North Remembers’: The Uses and Abuses of the Middle Ages in Irish Political Culture, Eamon Byers, Stephen Kelly, and Kath Stevenson
4: Writing the Nation: Historians and National Identities from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-first Centuries, Patrick Geary
5: War, Church, Empire, and the Medieval in British Histories for Children, Andrew Lynch

Part Two: Practising Medievalism

6: ‘Adventure? What is that?’ On Iwein, Felicitas Hoppe
7: Saints’ Cults and Celebrity, James Robinson
8: Is Medieval Music the New Avant-Garde? The Wilful, the Wayward, and the Playful, Graham Coatman
9: Medievalism, Byzantinism, and Bulgarian Politics through the Archival Lens, Fani Gargova
10: Digital Mouvance: Once and Future Medieval Poetry Remediated in the Modern World, Chris Jones
11: Forging ‘Medieval’ Identities: Fortini’s Calendimaggio and Pasolini’s Trilogy of Life, Tommaso di Carpegna Falconieri and Lila Yawn

Part Three: Medievalism in Literature and Culture

12: Chaucer and Wordsworth’s Vivid Daisies, Elizabeth Robertson
13: Time, Place, Language, and Translation: Ciaran Carson’s The Inferno and The Táin, Conor McCarthy
14: Visuality, Violence, and the Return of the Middle Ages: Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds as an Adaptation of the Nibelungen Story, Bettina Bildhauer
15: Black Skin, Green Masks: Medieval Foliate Heads, Racial Trauma, and Queer World-making, Carolyn Dinshaw
16: The Medium is the Byzantine: Popular Culture and the Byzantine, Roland Betancourt

Informations pratiques :

Bettina Bildhauer et Chris Jones (dir.), The Middle Ages in the Modern World. Twenty-first century perspectives, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017 (Proceedings of the British Academy). 234 x 156mm, 450 Pages, 96 illustrations, including c. 8 colour plates. ISBN: 9780197266144. Prix : 85 £.

Source : Oxford University Press

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