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Affective medievalismLove, abjection and discontent$
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Thomas Prendergast and Stephanie Trigg

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526126863

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526126863.001.0001

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The space of time and the medievalist imaginary

The space of time and the medievalist imaginary

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(p.22) 1 The space of time and the medievalist imaginary
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Affective medievalism
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Thomas A. Prendergast

Stephanie Trigg

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526126863.003.0002

Conventional wisdom sees medievalism occurring “after” the Middle Ages; and indeed much medievalist practice seems to support this view, as the Middle Ages are often conceptualised in spatio-temporal terms, through the fictions of time-travel and the specific trope of “portal medievalism”. But the two formations are more accurately seen as mutually constitutive. Medieval literature offers many examples of layered or multiple temporalities. These are often structured around cultural and social difference, which is figured in powerfully affective, not just epistemological terms. Several examples from medieval English literature demonstrate how medieval culture prefigures many of medievalism’s concerns with the alterity of the past.

Keywords:   ontology, medievalist imaginary, time travel, temporalities, reception theory

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