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The Contemporary Medieval in Practice

Contemporary art can provide medievalists with innovative ways to reframe the past. Meanwhile, medievalists offer contemporary art insights into cultural works of the past that have been reworked in the present.

Speculative and nontraditional, The Contemporary Medieval in Practice adapts the conventional scholarly essay to reflect its interdisciplinary subject. Creative critical writing encourages the introduction of dialogue, poetry, and short essays within scholarly style, and this, the authors argue, makes it an ideal format for exploring innovative pathways from the contemporary to the medieval. Discussing urgent critical discourses and cultural practices, such as the study of the environment and the ethics of understanding bodies, identities, and histories, this short, accessible book focuses on early medieval British culture, or Anglo-Saxon studies, and its relation with, use of, and reworking in contemporary visual, poetic, and material culture after 1950. 

120 pages | 13 color plates | 9 1/4 x 6 1/4

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Table of Contents

"Chapter One Doing it Differently: Medieval and Contemporary

Chapter Two Slow Scholarship: The Art of Collaboration

Chapter Three Audience: A Prompt and Three Responses on Falling

Chapter Four Water: Seven Propositions for the Contemporary Medieval

Chapter Five Environment: Self and the World

Chapter Six In Translation "

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