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Medievalism: New discipline or scholarly no-man’s land?

Marsden, Richard A. (2018). Medievalism: New discipline or scholarly no-man’s land? History Compass, 16(2), article no. e12439.

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Abstract

The term ‘medievalism’ refers to how people have, since the fifteenth century, conceptualised the thousand years of history preceding that date. The study of medievalism is therefore not about the Middle Ages per se, but rather the ways in which the medieval period has been imagined in the centuries since it ended. Yet the field’s origins date from as recently as the 1970s. Medievalism Studies is thus still finding its feet and must consequently deal with some existential questions about its scope and remit, its methodological underpinnings, its implications for how history is periodised, and its relationship with more established disciplines. It also faces criticisms of Anglo-centricism as well as hostility from some historians thanks to the doubts its practitioners raise over established delineations between scholarly and creative depictions of the medieval period. Nonetheless, this new field offers a much-needed challenge to the calcified disciplinary boundaries that shape academia today.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISSN: 1478-0542
Keywords: Medievalism; Medievalism Studies; Neomedievalism; interdisciplinary; academic disciplines; gothic; periodisation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > History
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 52935
Depositing User: Richard Marsden
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2018 14:45
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 12:31
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/52935
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