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Early Modern Medievalisms

Early Modern Medievalisms: The Interplay between Scholarly Reflection and Artistic Production

Alicia C. Montoya, Sophie van Romburgh and Wim van Anrooij (Eds.)
31 August 2010
Published by Brill

Seventeen essays

Modernity has historically defined itself by relation to classical antiquity on the one hand, and the medieval on the other. While early modernity’s relation to Antiquity has been amply documented, its relation to the medieval has been less studied. This volume seeks to address this omission by presenting some preliminary explorations of this field.

In seventeen essays ranging from the Italian Renaissance to Enlightenment France, it focuses on three main themes: continuities and discontinuities between the medieval and early modern, early modern re-uses of medieval matter, and conceptualizations of the medieval. Collectively, the essays illustrate how early modern medievalisms differ in important respects from post-Romantic views of the medieval, ultimately calling for a re-definition of the concept of medievalism itself.

Christoph Pieper, Paul Smith, Coen Maas, and former member of staff of the Faculty of Humanities, Joost Keizer, wrote an essay.

Series: 'Intersections: Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Modern Culture'

This series of publications brings together new material on well-considered themes within the wide area of Early Modern Studies. Contributions may come from any of the disciplines within the humanities: history, art history, literary history, book history, church history, social history, history of the humanities, of the theatre, of cultural life and institutions. Each yearbook addresses a single theme and articles are selected for the freshness of their approach and for the extent to which they elucidate aspects of the theme of the volume. The themes arecarefully selected on the basis of a number of criteria, the most important of which are that they should address issues about which there is a lively and ongoing debate within the international community of scholars and that they should be of interest to a variety of disciplines. Although it is to be expected that in each volume a fair amount of attention will be paid to the Low Countries, it is a matter of editorial policy that the theme of each yearbook will be approached with an eye to its European dimension.

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