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This volume builds on recent scholarship on contemporary poetry in relation to medieval literature, focusing on postmodern poets who work with the medieval in a variety of ways. Such recent projects invert or “queer” the usual transactional nature of engagements with older forms of literature, in which readers are asked to exchange some small measure of bewilderment at archaic language or forms for a sense of having experienced a medieval text. The poets under consideration in this volume demand that readers grapple with the ways in which we are still “medieval” – in other words, the ways in which the questions posed by their medieval source material still reverberate and hold relevance for today’s world. They do so by challenging the primacy of present over past, toppling the categories of old and new, and suggesting new interpretive frameworks for contemporary and medieval poetry alike.
Medieval Institute Publications
Medieval, postmodern, vernacular, Chaucer, Kempe, poetry, queer
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Medieval Studies | Modern Literature
Citation for Published Book
Hadbawnik, David, ed. Postmodern Poetry and Queer Medievalisms: Time Mechanics. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2022.