Session Title

Nineteenth-/Twentieth-/Twenty-First-Century Medievalisms

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Daniel C. Najork

Organizer Affiliation

Arizona State Univ.

Presider Name

Robert Sirabian

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Paper Title 1

Joan Enlisted: Mark Twain's and Percy MacKaye's Treatment of Joan of Arc

Presenter 1 Name

Sadie Hash

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Houston

Paper Title 2

John Keats as Reader of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde

Presenter 2 Name

Sarah Powrie

Presenter 2 Affiliation

St. Thomas More College

Paper Title 3

Echoing Medieval Hybridity in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Joan of Arc in the Poetry of Felicia Hemans and Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Presenter 3 Name

Madison Noel Gehling

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Purdue Univ.

Paper Title 4

Magnus Chase and the Queering of Asgard: Young Adult Neo-Medievalisms as Twenty-First Century LGBTQ Resistance

Presenter 4 Name

Meg Cornell

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

Start Date

7-5-2020 10:00 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1360

Description

For this session, we seek proposals exploring the factors shaping nineteenth- and twentieth-/twenty-first-century literature (in its broad sense) about the Middle Ages as well as the differences in approaches to the Middle Ages in each century. What historical, social, and intellectual views shaped nineteenth-century approaches to the Middle Ages? In what ways were these views limited or biased based on what the Victorians knew and believed and did not know, particularly when compared to advances in historical, psychological, and political knowledge in the next centuries? Conversely, what shaped twentieth-/twenty-first-century views of the Middle Ages? To what degree did writers react to and against the nineteenth century as well as utilize new knowledge available to them? At issue here is the debated distinction between medieval studies and medievalism. Medievalism, Pam Clements argues, “is in one sense the study of necessarily inauthentic ‘medieval’ matter [because of historical distance], filtered through a variety of eras, cultures, zeitgeists” (“Authenticity,” Medievalism: Key Critical Terms 20).

A paper, for example, focusing on a nineteenth-century literary work might examine how nineteenth-century thinking and knowledge shaped as well as limited that work when considering what was known and available in the twentieth-/twenty-first century. Papers might also address how scholars of the twentieth-/twenty-first centuries have confronted the lasting consequences of nineteenth-century medievalism.

Daniel C. Najork

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May 7th, 10:00 AM

Nineteenth-/Twentieth-/Twenty-First-Century Medievalisms

Schneider 1360

For this session, we seek proposals exploring the factors shaping nineteenth- and twentieth-/twenty-first-century literature (in its broad sense) about the Middle Ages as well as the differences in approaches to the Middle Ages in each century. What historical, social, and intellectual views shaped nineteenth-century approaches to the Middle Ages? In what ways were these views limited or biased based on what the Victorians knew and believed and did not know, particularly when compared to advances in historical, psychological, and political knowledge in the next centuries? Conversely, what shaped twentieth-/twenty-first-century views of the Middle Ages? To what degree did writers react to and against the nineteenth century as well as utilize new knowledge available to them? At issue here is the debated distinction between medieval studies and medievalism. Medievalism, Pam Clements argues, “is in one sense the study of necessarily inauthentic ‘medieval’ matter [because of historical distance], filtered through a variety of eras, cultures, zeitgeists” (“Authenticity,” Medievalism: Key Critical Terms 20).

A paper, for example, focusing on a nineteenth-century literary work might examine how nineteenth-century thinking and knowledge shaped as well as limited that work when considering what was known and available in the twentieth-/twenty-first century. Papers might also address how scholars of the twentieth-/twenty-first centuries have confronted the lasting consequences of nineteenth-century medievalism.

Daniel C. Najork