Disturbing Times: Medieval Pasts, Reimagined Futures

From Kehinde Wiley to W.E.B. DuBois, from Nubia to Cuba, from Willie Doherty’s terror in ancient landscapes to the violence of institutional Neo-Gothic, from Reagan’s AIDS policies to Beowulf fanfiction, this richly illustrated volume brings together art historians and literature scholars to articulate a more inclusive, intersectional medieval studies. It will be of interest to students working on diaspora and migration, white settler colonialism and pogroms, Indigenous studies and decolonial methodology, slavery, genocide, and culturecide. The authors confront a legacy of medieval studies and its current failures, and analyze fascist, nationalist, colonialist, anti-Semitic, and other ideologies to which medieval was and is yoked. They set out concrete ethical choices and aims in research and teaching.

In the face of rising global fascism and ideological mobilizations, contemporary and past, of cultural heritage and history as weapons of symbolic and physical oppression, the chapters on Byzantium, Medieval Nubia, Old English, Hebrew, Old French, Occitan, and American and European medievalisms brought together in this volume examine how educational institutions, museums, universities, and individuals are guided by ethics in research, collecting, and teaching. The volume includes pieces by current important voices in the field, including Andrea Myers Achi, Seeta Saganti, Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, Eva Frojmovic, Anna Kłosowska, Roland Betancourt, Joshua Davies, Alison Elizabeth Killilea, Catherine A.M. Clarke, Adam Miyashiro, Megan Cavell, Daniel Thomas, Stewart Brookes, Diane Watt, Jennifer Neville, Carla María Thomas, and Catherine Karkov.

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Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, Catherine Karkov, and Anna Kłosowska, “Introduction: Disturbance”

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, “Scholarship as Biography: An Allegorical Reading of the Philological Work of G.M. Browne

Andrea Myers Achi & Seeta Chaganti, “‘Semper Novi Quid ex Africa’: Redrawing the Borders of Medieval African Art and Considering Its Implications for Medieval Studies

Eva Frojmovic, “Disorienting Hebrew Book Collecting”

Anna Kłosowska, “The Etymology of Slave

Roland Betancourt, “The Exiles of Byzantium: Form, Historiography, and Recuperation

Joshua Davies, “Confederate Gothic”

Alison Killilea, “‘Die, defenceless, primitive natives!’: Colonialism, Gender, and Militarism in The Legacy of Heorot

Catherine A.M. Clarke with Adam Miyashiro, Megan Cavell, Daniel Thomas, Stewart Brookes, Diane Watt, and Jennifer Neville, “Twenty-five Years of ‘Anglo-Saxon’ Studies: Looking Back, Looking Forward”

Carla María Thomas, “The Medieval Literature Survey Reimagined: Intersectional and Inclusive Praxis in a U.S. College Classroom

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