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Whose Middle Ages? : Teachable Moments for an Ill-Used Past / Andrew Albin, Mary C. Erler, Thomas O'Donnell, Nicholas L. Paul, Nina Rowe.

Publication:
New York, NY : Fordham University Press, [2019]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (240 pages) : 35
Series:
Fordham Series in Medieval Studies
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Civilization, Medieval -- Influence.
Civilization, Medieval.
Middle Ages.
Local subjects:
Europe. (search)
alt-right. (search)
crusades. (search)
globalism. (search)
medievalism. (search)
middle ages. (search)
nation-state. (search)
race. (search)
white supremacy. (search)
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Whose Middle Ages? is an interdisciplinary collection of short, accessible essays intended for the nonspecialist reader and ideal for teaching at an undergraduate level. Each of twenty-two essays takes up an area where digging for meaning in the medieval past has brought something distorted back into the present: in our popular entertainment; in our news, our politics, and our propaganda; and in subtler ways that inform how we think about our histories, our countries, and ourselves. Each author looks to a history that has refused to remain past and uses the tools of the academy to read and re-read familiar stories, objects, symbols, and myths.Whose Middle Ages? gives nonspecialists access to the richness of our historical knowledge while debunking damaging misconceptions about the medieval past. Myths about the medieval period are especially beloved among the globally resurgent far right, from crusading emblems on the shields borne by alt-right demonstrators to the on-screen image of a purely white European populace defended from actors of color by Internet trolls. This collection attacks these myths directly by insisting that readers encounter the relics of the Middle Ages on their own terms.Each essay uses its author's academic research as a point of entry and takes care to explain how the author knows what she or he knows and what kinds of tools, bodies of evidence, and theoretical lenses allow scholars to write with certainty about elements of the past to a level of detail that might seem unattainable. By demystifying the methods of scholarly inquiry, Whose Middle Ages? serves as an antidote not only to the far right's errors of fact and interpretation but also to its assault on scholarship and expertise as valid means for the acquisition of knowledge.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Introduction
Introduction
The Invisible Peasantry
The Hidden Narratives of Medieval Art
Modern Intolerance and the Medieval Crusades
Blood Libel, a Lie and Its Legacies
Who's Afraid of Shari'a Law?
How Do We Find Out About Immigrants in Later Medieval England?
The Middle Ages in the Harlem Renaissance
Introduction
Three Ways of Misreading Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an
The Nazi Middle Ages
What Would Benedict Do?
No, People in the Middle East Haven't Been Fighting Since the Beginning of Time
Ivory and the Ties That Bind
Blackness, Whiteness, and the Idea of Race in Medieval European Art
England Between Empire and Nation in "The Battle of Brunanburh"
Whose Spain Is It, Anyway?
Introduction
Modern Knights, Medieval Snails, and Naughty Nuns
Charting Sexuality and Stopping Sin
"Celtic" Crosses and the Myth of Whiteness
Whitewashing the "Real" Middle Ages in Popular Media
Real Men of the Viking Age
#DeusVult
Own Your Heresy
Afterword: Medievalists and the Education of Desire
Appendix I: Possibilities for Teaching-By Genre
Appendix II: Possibilities for Teaching- by Course Theme
List of Contributors
About the Editors
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Jul 2020)
Contributor:
Albin, Andrew, editor., Editor,
Bardsley, Sandy
Bishop, Adam
Bleeke, Marian
Cerbone, Will
Diebold, William
Donner, Fred
Erler, Mary C., editor., Editor,
Guérin, Sarah
Heng, Geraldine
II, J. Patrick Hornbeck
Mancia, Lauren
Mulder, Stephennie
O'Donnell, Thomas, editor., Editor,
Ormrod, W. Mark
Patton, Pamela
Paul, Nicholas L.
Paul, Nicholas L., editor., Editor,
Perry, David
Reeves, Andrew
Rowe, Nina, editor., Editor,
Szpiech, Ryan
Teter, Magda
Tyler, Elizabeth
Wacks, David
Whitaker, Cord
Williams, Maggie
Wilson, Katherine
Young, Helen
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780823285594
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9780823285594 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.