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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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Loving the past

Loving the past

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(p.95) 4 Loving the past
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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/9781526126863.003.0005

Despite dramatic changes in the dynamics between medieval studies and medievalism, the medieval is still seen as the originary moment of medievalism, which is still regarded in turn as a screen for projecting various fantasies and desires about the past. Scholarly medieval studies are supposedly characterised by their dispassionate inquiries into the past. Yet medieval studies has a long and mixed history of affective relationships with the past it fosters: passion and professionalism often go hand in hand. This complex history makes it hard to distinguish medieval scholarship from the amateurism – the love for the past --that is often said to characterise medievalism as well as scholarly antiquarianism. Debates about the efficacy of affect as a mode of recover about the past lead to a discussion of two related terms: history and memory.

Keywords:   amateurism, Walpole, Furnivall, memory, love, history, affect

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