Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World

Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World

Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World will both redirect scholarship in medievalism and inform approaches to temporality in postcolonial studies.

Author: Kathleen Davis

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

ISBN: 0801893208

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 456

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Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World will both redirect scholarship in medievalism and inform approaches to temporality in postcolonial studies.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Geographies of Philological Knowledge

Geographies of Philological Knowledge

Geographies of Philological Knowledge examines the relationship between medievalism and colonialism in the nineteenth-century Hispanic American context through the striking case of the Creole Andrés Bello (1781–1865), a Venezuelan ...

Author: Nadia R. Altschul

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226016191

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Geographies of Philological Knowledge examines the relationship between medievalism and colonialism in the nineteenth-century Hispanic American context through the striking case of the Creole Andrés Bello (1781–1865), a Venezuelan grammarian, editor, legal scholar, and politician, and his lifelong philological work on the medieval heroic narrative that would later become Spain’s national epic, the Poem of the Cid. Nadia R. Altschul combs Bello’s study of the poem and finds throughout it evidence of a “coloniality of knowledge.” Altschul reveals how, during the nineteenth century, the framework for philological scholarship established in and for core European nations—France, England, and especially Germany—was exported to Spain and Hispanic America as the proper way of doing medieval studies. She argues that the global designs of European philological scholarship are conspicuous in the domain of disciplinary historiography, especially when examining the local history of a Creole Hispanic American like Bello, who is neither fully European nor fully alien to European culture. Altschul likewise highlights Hispanic America’s intellectual internalization of coloniality and its understanding of itself as an extension of Europe. A timely example of interdisciplinary history, interconnected history, and transnational study, Geographies of Philological Knowledge breaks with previous nationalist and colonialist histories and thus forges a new path for the future of medieval studies.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Politics of Temporalization

Politics of Temporalization

In Politics of Temporalization, Altschul examines the case of South America to ask more broadly what is at stake—what is harmed, what is excused—when the present is temporalized, when elements of "the now" are characterized as belonging ...

Author: Nadia R. Altschul

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812297201

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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A postcolonial study of the conceptualization of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin America as medieval and oriental If Spain and Portugal were perceived as backward in the nineteenth century—still tainted, in the minds of European writers and thinkers, by more than a whiff of the medieval and Moorish—Ibero-America lagged even further behind. Originally colonized in the late fifteenth century, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil were characterized by European travelers and South American elites alike as both feudal and oriental, as if they retained an oriental-Moorish character due to the centuries-long presence of Islam in the Iberian Peninsula. So, Nadia R. Altschul observes, the Scottish metropolitan writer Maria Graham (1785-1842) depicted the Chile in which she found herself stranded after the death of her sea captain husband as a premodern, precapitalist, and orientalized place that could only benefit from the free trade imperialism of the British. Domingo F. Sarmiento (1811-1888), the most influential Latin American writer and statesman of his day, conceived of his own Euro-American creole class as medieval in such works as Civilization and Barbarism: The Life of Juan Facundo Quiroga (1845) and Recollections of a Provincial Past (1850), and wrote of the inherited Moorish character of Spanish America in his 1883 Conflict and Harmony of the Races in America. Moving forward into the first half of the twentieth century, Altschul explores the oriental character that Gilberto Freyre assigned to Portuguese colonization in his The Masters and the Slaves (1933), in which he postulated the "Mozarabic" essence of Brazil. In Politics of Temporalization, Altschul examines the case of South America to ask more broadly what is at stake—what is harmed, what is excused—when the present is temporalized, when elements of "the now" are characterized as belonging to, and consequently imposed upon, a constructed and othered "past."
Categories: Literary Criticism

Medievalism in a Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones

Medievalism in a Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones

And what does an authentic medieval fantasy world look like? This book explores Martin's and HBO's approaches to and beliefs about the Middle Ages and how those beliefs fall into traditional medievalist and fantastic literary patterns.

Author: Shiloh Carroll

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 1843844842

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 214

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Game of Thrones is famously inspired by the Middle Ages - but how "authentic" is the world it presents? This volume offers different angles to the question.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Medievalisms

Medievalisms

Simon Gikandi, “Africa and the Signs of Medievalism,” Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The Idea of “the Middle Ages” Outside Europe, ed.

Author: Tison Pugh

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415617277

Category: LITERARY COLLECTIONS

Page: 176

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"From Harry Potter and Robin Hood, through to video games and jousting-themed restaurants, medieval culture continues to surround us and has retained a strong influence on literature and culture throughout the ages. This fascinating and illuminating guide is written by one of the leading contemporary scholars of Medieval literature, and explores: - The influence of medieval cultural concepts on key authors such as Shakespeare, Dante, Chaucer, George Eliot and Mark Twain - The continued appeal of medieval cultural figures such as King Arthur and Robin Hood - The influence of the medieval on disciplines such as politics, music, film, and art. Medievalisms surveys the critical field and sets the boundaries for future study, providing an essential background for literary study from the Medieval period through to the twenty-first century"--
Categories: LITERARY COLLECTIONS

Postcolonial George Eliot

Postcolonial George Eliot

Kathleen Davis and Nadia Altschul's recent edited collection, Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World (2009), adds an “s” to “medievalism,” expanding its ...

Author: Oliver Lovesey

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137332127

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 310

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This book examines the range of the colonial imaginary in Eliot’s works, from the domestic and regional to ancient and speculative colonialisms. It challenges monolithic, hegemonic views of George Eliot — whose novelistic career paralleled the creation of British India — and also dismissals of the postcolonial as ahistorical. It uncovers often-overlooked colonized figures in the novels. It also investigates Victorian Islamophobia in light of Eliot’s impatience with ignorance, intolerance, and xenophobia as well as her interrogation of the make-believe of endings. Drawing on a range of sources from Eugène Bodichon’s Algerian anthropological texts, the Persian journals of John Martyn, and postmodern re-engagements, Postcolonial George Eliot has implications for an understanding of the globalization of English, the decolonization of disciplinarity and periodization, and the roots of present-day conflict in the wider Mediterranean world.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Medievalism on the Margins

Medievalism on the Margins

Volumes such as the 2009 Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World, which Kathleen Davis and I co-edited, as well as Michelle Warren's 2011 Creole Medievalism, ...

Author: Karl Fugelso

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 9781843844068

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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Essays on the post-modern reception and interpretation of the middle ages.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Cambridge Companion to Medievalism

The Cambridge Companion to Medievalism

... in Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The Idea of 'the Middle Ages' Outside Europe, ed. Davis and Altschul (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University ...

Author: Louise D'Arcens

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316546208

Category: History

Page:

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Medievalism - the creative interpretation or recreation of the European Middle Ages - has had a major presence in the cultural memory of the modern West, and has grown in scale to become a global phenomenon. Countless examples across aesthetic, material and political domains reveal that the medieval period has long provided a fund of images and ideas that have been vital to defining 'the modern'. Bringing together local, national and global examples and tracing medievalism's unpredictable course from early modern poetry to contemporary digital culture, this authoritative Companion offers a panoramic view of the historical, aesthetic, ideological and conceptual dimensions of this phenomenon. It showcases a range of critical positions and approaches to discussing medievalism, from more 'traditional' historicist and close-reading practices through to theoretically engaged methods. It also acquaints readers with key terms and provides them with a sophisticated conceptual vocabulary for discussing the medieval afterlife in the modern.
Categories: History

Medieval Literature and Postcolonial Studies

Medieval Literature and Postcolonial Studies

... linguistic nationalism in Ivanhoe,' in Memory and Medievalism, ed. ... Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The Idea of the 'Middle Ages' Outside ...

Author: Lisa Lampert-Weissig

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748637195

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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This volume provides a comprehensive introduction to postcolonial medieval studies and examines the historical connections between postcolonial studies and medieval studies. Lisa Lampert-Weissig provides new readings of medieval texts including Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival, Mandeville's Travels and Guillaume de Palerne, a romance about werewolves set in Norman Sicily. In addition, she examines Walter Scott's Ivanhoe from the perspective of postcolonial medieval studies, as well contemporary novels by Salman Rushdie, Tariq Ali, Juan Goytisolo, and Amitav Ghosh.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Medievalism

Medievalism

Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The Idea of “the Middle Ages” Outside Europe. Edited by Kathleen Davis and Nadia Altschul.

Author: Richard Utz

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 9781942401247

Category: History

Page: 107

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This book is called a manifesto because it has an unapologetically political objective. Richard Utz wants to help reform the way we think about and practise our academic engagement with medieval culture, and he uses his own observations as a medievalist and medievalism-ist over the last 25 years to offer ways in which we might reconnect with the general public that has allowed us to become, since the late nineteenth century, a rather exclusive clan of specialists who communicate mostly with each other.
Categories: History

Medievalism

Medievalism

“Africa and the Signs of Medievalism,” in Davis and Altschul, eds., Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World, 369–82 Girouard, Mark.

Author: David Matthews

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 9781843843924

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 211

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An accessibly-written survey of the origins and growth of the discipline of medievalism studies.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Oxford Handbook of Music and Medievalism

The Oxford Handbook of Music and Medievalism

“Middle-Earth, the Middle Ages, and the Aryan Nation: Myth and History in World ... Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The Idea of “the Middle Ages” ...

Author: Stephen C. Meyer

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190658465

Category: Music

Page: 736

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The Oxford Handbook of Music and Medievalism provides a snapshot of the diverse ways in which medievalism--the retrospective immersion in the images, sounds, narratives, and ideologies of the European Middle Ages--powerfully transforms many of the varied musical traditions of the last two centuries. Thirty-three chapters from an international group of scholars explore topics ranging from the representation of the Middle Ages in nineteenth-century opera to medievalism in contemporary video game music, thereby connecting disparate musical forms across typical musicological boundaries of chronology and geography. While some chapters focus on key medievalist works such as Orff's Carmina Burana or Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films, others explore medievalism in the oeuvre of a single composer (e.g. Richard Wagner or Arvo Pärt) or musical group (e.g. Led Zeppelin). The topics of the individual chapters include both well-known works such as John Boorman's film Excalibur and also less familiar examples such as Eduard Lalo's Le Roi d'Ys. The authors of the chapters approach their material from a wide array of disciplinary perspectives, including historical musicology, popular music studies, music theory, and film studies, examining the intersections of medievalism with nationalism, romanticism, ideology, nature, feminism, or spiritualism. Taken together, the contents of the Handbook develop new critical insights that venture outside traditional methodological constraints and provide a capstone and point of departure for future scholarship on music and medievalism.
Categories: Music

International Medievalism and Popular Culture

International Medievalism and Popular Culture

Introduction to Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The Idea of the “Middle Ages outside Europe.” Ed. Davis and Altschul.

Author: Louise D'Arcens

Publisher: Cambria Press

ISBN: 9781604978643

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 294

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Today medievalism is increasingly intelligible as a cultural lingua franca, produced in trans- and international contexts with a view to reaching popular international audiences, some of mass scope. This book offers new perspectives on international relations and how global concerns are made available through contemporary medievalist texts. It questions how research in medievalism may help us rethink the terms of internationalism and globalism within popular cultures, ideologies, and political formations. It investigates how the diverse media of medievalism (print; film and television; arts and crafts; fashion; digital media; clubs and fandom) affect its cultural meaning and circulation, and its social function, and engage questions of desire, gender and identity construction. As a whole, International Medievalism and Popular Culture differs from those studies which have concentrated on imaginative appropriations of the middle ages for domestic cultural contexts. It investigates rather how contemporary cultures engage with medievalism to map and model ideas of the international, the trans-national, the cosmopolitan and the global. This book includes examples from Europe, Britain, North America, Australia and the Arab world. It discusses the formation and the impact of popular medievalism in the globalised worlds of Braveheart, Disney and Harry Potter, but it also explores how the contemporary medieval imaginary generates international cultural perspectives, for example in considering Middle Eastern reception of Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven, the Byzantinism of Julia Kristeva, and Hedley Bull's postnationalist 'new medievalism'. International Medievalism in Popular Culture is an important contribution to medieval studies, cultural studies, and historical studies. It will be of value to undergraduate, postgraduate and academic readers, as well as to all interested in popular culture or medievalism.
Categories: Literary Criticism

American Medieval

American Medieval

Medievalism scholarship is often styled as conversations about the ... and Nadia Altschul's collection of essays Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The ...

Author: Gillian R. Overing

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 9783847006251

Category: History

Page: 237

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This volume offers a dialogue with and through the medieval informed by cultural categories of performativity and simultaneity in on-line media, architecture, film, poetry, and social formations. The articles depart from Medievalism Studies and attempt to answer questions such as: How do medievalists, artists, writers, and entertainment industries communicate, replicate, and evoke medieval formations? How do national and transnational discursive fields relate to understandings of the medieval in its many unstable states? Where are the communal memory sites and what functions do they serve for those who are associated with them? Where are the medieval disjunctions and conjunctions of race, ethnicity and time in a settler society? And what do place, nature, and landscape have to do with it?
Categories: History

Scotland and the First World War

Scotland and the First World War

Indeed, there is virtually no attention to medievalism in such landmark cultural ... eds., Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The Idea of “the Middle ...

Author: Gill Plain

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 9781611487770

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 284

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What did war look like in the cultural imagination of 1914? Why did men in Scotland sign up to fight in unprecedented numbers? What were the martial myths shaping Scottish identity from the aftermath of Bannockburn to the close of the nineteenth century, and what did the Scottish soldiers of the First World War think they were fighting for? Scotland and the First World War: Myth, Memory and the Legacy of Bannockburn is a collection of new interdisciplinary essays interrogating the trans-historical myths of nation, belonging and martial identity that shaped Scotland’s encounter with the First World War. In a series of thematically linked essays, experts from the fields of literature, history and cultural studies examine how Scotland remembers war, and how remembering war has shaped Scotland.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Icons of Irishness from the Middle Ages to the Modern World

Icons of Irishness from the Middle Ages to the Modern World

Cohen, The Postcolonial Middle Ages, and Nadia Altschul and Kathleen Davis, eds., Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The Idea of “The Middle Ages” ...

Author: Maggie M Williams

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230103207

Category: Art

Page: 207

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From majestic 'Celtic' crosses to elaborate knotwork designs, visual symbols of Irish identity abound in contemporary culture. In jewelry, souvenirs, tattoos, and even graphic novels and massive public murals, Irishness is depicted in its most medieval garb. Looking back to a mythical past, such images conjure up ancient realms of mystical druids, warrior Celts, and pious Christian monks. Icons of Irishness offers a commentary on the blending of pasts and presents that finds permanent visualization in these contemporary signs of Irish cultural identity. Williams considers both scholarly and popular perspectives, exploring the spaces where Irish modernity meets its 'Celtic' past.
Categories: Art

Fantasy and Science Fiction Medievalisms From Isaac Asimov to A Game of Thrones

Fantasy and Science Fiction Medievalisms  From Isaac Asimov to A Game of Thrones

Shippey, The Road to MiddleEarth (2003); Wainwright, Tolkien's Mythology for ... Davis and Altschul, introduction to Medievalism in the Postcolonial World, ...

Author: Helen Young

Publisher: Cambria Press

ISBN: 9781621967477

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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rom advertisements to amusement parks, themed restaurants, and Renaissance fairs twenty-first century popular culture is strewn with reimaginings of the Middle Ages. They are nowhere more prevalent, however, than in the films, television series, books, and video games of speculative genres: fantasy and science fiction. Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies and George R. R. Martin's multimedia Game of Thrones franchise are just two of the most widely known and successful fantasy conglomerates of recent decades. Medievalism has often been understood as a defining feature of fantasy, and as the antithesis of science fiction, but such constructs vastly underestimate the complexities of both genres and their interactions. "Medieval" has multiple meanings in fantasy and science fiction, which shift with genre convention, and which bring about their own changes as authors and audiences engage with what has gone before in the recent and deeper pasts. Earlier volumes have examined some of the ways in which contemporary popular culture re-imagines the Middle Ages, offering broad overviews, but none considers fantasy, science fiction, or the two together. The focused approach of this collection provides a directed pathway into the myriad medievalisms of modern popular culture. By engaging directly with genre(s), this book acknowledges that medievalist creative texts and practices do not occur in a vacuum, but are shaped by multiple cultural forces and concerns; medievalism is never just about the Middle Ages.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Being Contemporary

Being Contemporary

In a subsequent essay, Davis employs the concept of 'tycoon medievalism' ... In Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The Idea of the 'Middle Ages' ...

Author: Lia Brozgal

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9781781382639

Category: Contemporary, The, in literature

Page: 288

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Being Contemporary is a volume of original essays by 23 preeminent scholars of French and Comparative literature, hailing from both sides of the Atlantic, in response to the editors' invitation to "think through the contemporary." The volume offers a sustained critical reflection on the contemporary as a concept, a category, a condition, and a set of relationships to others and to one's own time. Being Contemporary emerges from a sense of a critical urgency to probe the notion of "the contemporary" and the place of the contemporary critic, in French literary and cultural studies today. Its point of departure is Susan Suleiman's book Risking Who One Is (Harvard, 1994), which proposed two decades ago that "being contemporary" offers a heuristic category for assessing the role of the scholar and critic, for studying the current moment in literature, art, and culture, and for engaging with historical and philosophical questions in a way that resonates with readers in the present day. Returning to these ideas with renewed vigor, the thought-provoking essays that comprise this volume center on 20th- and 21st-century French literature, politics, memory, and history, and problematize the contemporary as a critical position with respect to the current moment.
Categories: Contemporary, The, in literature

A Handbook of Middle English Studies

A Handbook of Middle English Studies

Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The Idea of “The Middle Ages” outside Europe. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009. Evans, Ruth.

Author: Marion Turner

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118328767

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 464

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A Handbook to Middle English Studies presents a series of original essays from leading literary scholars that explore the relationship between critical theory and late medieval literature. Includes 26 new essays by leading scholars of late medieval literature Sets the new standard for an introduction to the study of late medieval literature Showcases the most current cutting-edge theoretical research Demonstrates a range of approaches to late medieval literature Brings together critical theory and medieval literature
Categories: Literary Criticism