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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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Discontent in the age of mechanical reproduction

Discontent in the age of mechanical reproduction

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Affective medievalism

Thomas A. Prendergast

Stephanie Trigg

Manchester University Press

This chapter asks whether the mutual discontent we have diagnosed between medieval studies and medievalism is inevitable in future practice in these fields. Through its interest in recuperating the past, medievalism is an exemplary practice for the humanities and their understanding of history and culture. Facsimiles of medieval manuscripts further exemplify many of the similarities between medieval and medievalist study, and also our necessary discontent with most of the ways scholarship attempts to get back to and ‘touch’ the past. In the face of contemporary critiques of disciplinarity, we suggest that medieval and medievalism studies together are well placed to model new forms of academic engagement and resistance to the utilitarianism and vocationalism that increasingly dominates our universities. Productive engagement with the medieval past, from a wide range of disciplinary approaches, remains an urgent task for understanding the world around us.

Keywords:   disciplinarity, manuscripts, facsimiles, reproduction, simulation, universities

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