By Karl Fugelso
Following on from past matters, this quantity maintains to discover definitions of neomedievalism and its courting to standard medievalism. In 4 essays that open the amount, Harry Brown, KellyAnn Fitzpatrick, David W. Marshall, and Nils Holger Petersen underscore the elusive nature of differences among the 2 fields, rather while assessing modern movie, tune, and digital media. Seven articles then try the necessity for those differences, on material starting from Sir Walter Scott as a historian; M. E. Braddon's gendered medievalism; friendship types in Mary Elizabeth Haweis's Chaucer for kids; Jorge Luis Borges's Northern pursuits; medieval practices in Ellis Peters's Cadfael novels; leading edge indicates on the Museum of Wolframs-Eschenbach; and Celtic styles in smooth tattoos. concept and perform are therefore juxtaposed once more in a quantity that's absolute to gasoline a principal debate in no longer one yet of the quickest becoming parts of academia. members: Harry Brown, KellyAnn Fitzpatrick, David W. Marshall, Nils Holger Petersen, Mark B. Spencer, Megan L. Morris, Karla Knutson, Vladimir Brljak, Alan T. Gaylord, Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand, Maggie M. Williams
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18. Brent Moberly and Kevin Moberly, “Neomedievalism, Hyperrealism, and Simulation,” Studies in Medievalism 19 (2010): 12–24 (15–16); Toswell, “The Simulacrum,” 45–46. 19. Amy S. Kaufman, “Medieval Unmoored,” Studies in Medievalism 19 (2010): 1–11 (5). 20. Moberly and Moberly, “Neomedievalism, Hyperrealism, and Simulation,” 18–19. 21. Robinson and Clements, “Living with Neomedievalism,” 66. 22. Kaufman, “Medieval Unmoored,” 7. 23. Bruce Holsinger, Neomedievalism, Neoconservatism, and the War on Terror (Chicago: Prickly Paradigm Press, 2007).
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Other medievalisms (though not postmodern medievalism) incline towards nostalgia – a term coined in the seventeenth century to characterize a sort of homesickness and implying a sense of feeling alienated from some originary point and a yearning for return. Neomedievalism, indeed, often lacks that, instead tending towards the gross rewriting of the past to suit current predilections. The question of why we look back to the Middle Ages at all indicates the changing nature of historical desire that emerges in neomedievalism’s tendencies towards presentism (as opposed to more The Haze of Medievalisms 27 romantically formed medievalisms, which are marked by the alienated yearning).