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Do North Americans Understand the Middle Ages Better than Europeans?

Tanner Norman

Norman Tanner is Professor of Church History at the Gregorian University in Rome. He previously held teaching positions in the faculties of both history and theology at the University of Oxford. A medieval historian of international stature, he is best known for his groundbreaking books on the great ecumenical councils of the Christian Church. He is also the author of a volume in the I.B.Tauris History of the Christian Church series, The Church in the Later Middle Ages. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Ages of Faith : Popular Religion in Late Medieval England and Western Europe

I.B.Tauris, 2009

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...This chapter was first published in America, 2 October 1993, pp. 5–6. The copyright belongs to America magazine.The short answer to the question posed in this title is, ‘Yes, in many ways.’First, a few words of introduction. For students...

“Rethinking the Canon: Prophets, Canons, and Promising Monsters”

Classic Readings on Monster Theory : Demonstrare, Volume 1

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

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...Michael Camille (1958–2002), Mary L. Block Professor in Art History at the University of Chicago, took a decidedly iconoclastic approach to his work, focusing on subversive topics generally ignored in art history to this point, including...

You Can’t Do This to Disney! Popular Medievalisms in the Classroom

Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...A long time ago, when I had just embarked on my study of the Middle Ages, I asked a fellow graduate student what had first awoken his passion for the medieval. Sheepishly, he answered that it was Dungeons and Dragons (1974–). Tit for tat, I...

John Gardner, Grendel

Asa Simon Mittman

Asa Simon Mittman is Professor and Chair of Art & Art History at California State University, Chico. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Marcus Hensel

Marcus Hensel is Assistant Professor of English at Bethany College, Kansas. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Primary Sources on Monsters : Demonstrare Volume 2

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

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...John Gardner (1933–1982) was a prolific writer—especially in the arena of fiction and literary criticism. He is, perhaps, best known for his 1971 novel Grendel, of which a large portion is excerpted here. In the novel, Gardner retells...

Medieval Times: Tournaments and Jousting in Twenty-First-Century North America

Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...From the water jousts of southern France to Dutch ringrijden (tilting at rings) and tournament re-enactments held in medieval villages, various forms of jousting and tournament pageantry continue to feature prominently in heritage...

“From Wonder to Error: A Genealogy of Freak Discourse in Modernity,” from Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body

Classic Readings on Monster Theory : Demonstrare, Volume 1

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

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...Rosemarie Garland Thomson (1946– ) is Professor of English and Co–Director of the Emory Disability Studies Initiative at Emory University. She specializes in American literature and culture, which she approaches from the perspective...
...J. Halberstam (1961– ) is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. He is a leading queer theorist whose books and articles have focused...

The Middle Ages They Watched

Paul B. Sturtevant

Paul B. Sturtevant is an audience research specialist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. He completed his PhD at the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds. He is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the very popular collaborative history web-magazine ‘The Public Medievalist’ (http://www.publicmedievalist.com/). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination : Memory, Film and Medievalism

I.B.Tauris, 2018

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...I wouldn't have seen it if I hadn't believed it.David L Hamilton, Cognitive Processes in Stereotyping and Intergroup Behavior (Hillsdale, NJ: L. Erlbaum Associates, 1981), p. 137.Having established, in Chapter 2, the initial outlines...

Don’t Know Much about the Middle Ages? Towards Flat(ter) Futures of Engagement

Richard Utz

Richard Utz is chair and professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology and president of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Medievalism : A Manifesto

Arc Humanities Press, 2017

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...For the longest time I read these lines from Sam Cooke’s song “Wonderful World” as a simple set of hyperbolic statements to better celebrate the unique nature of the singer’s love (“But I do know that I love you …”). Over the years, based...

The legacy of the Baltic Crusades

Burnam W. Reynolds

Burnam W. Reynolds is Professor of History at Asbury University, USA. He has written many journal articles and scholarly papers and is the author of Columbanus: Light on the Early Middle Ages (2011). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Prehistory of the Crusades : Missionary War and the Baltic Crusades

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...As the noise of battle died down and “a light, mild rain (that had) sent up a powerful swirl of dust that covered the battlefield and fighters” dissipated, some twelve thousand dead or wounded covered the field of conflict...