Studies in Medievalism : Moyen Âge et politique

Parution du n°XXIX et appel à contribution pour le vol. XXX

Politics and Medievalism (Studies): Studies in Medievalism XXIX, 2020, Karl Fugelso (ed.)

I: Essays on Politics and Medievalism (Studies)

·      Esther Liberman Cuenca: Historical Malapropism and the Medieval Blood Libel in American Politics

·      Sean Griffin: Putin’s Medieval Weapons in the War against Ukraine                   

·      Daniel Wollenberg: The Battle of Tours and the US Southern Border                 

·      Andrew B. R. Elliott: Medievalism, Brexit, and the Myth of Nations                 

·      Christopher Jensen: An Arthur for the Brexit Era: Joe Cornish’s The Kid Who Would be King

II: Other Responses to Medievalism

·      Mary Behrman: Angle-ing for Arthur: Erasing the Welsh in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

·      Ali Frauman: Chasing Freyja: Rape, Immigration, and the Medieval in Alt-Right Discourse

·      Laura E. Cochrane: “Things painted on the coarse canvas”: Political Polemic in Jean-Paul Laurens’s Portrait of the Child Emperor Honorius

·      M. J. Toswell: The Capacious Medievalisms of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow           

·      Victoria Yuskaitis: Archaeology and Medievalism at Julian of Norwich’s Anchorite Cell

·      Laura Varnam: A Revelation of Love: Christianity, Julian of Norwich, and Medieval Pity in the Harry Potter Series

·      Anna Fore Waymack & John Wyatt Greenlee: In the Beginning Was the Word: How Medieval Text Became Fantasy Maps                                                      

·      Usha Vishnuvajjala: Objectivity, Impossibility, and Laughter in Doctor Who’s “Robot of Sherwood”

·      James Cook: Sonic Medievalism, World Building, and Cultural Identity in Fantasy Video Games

Appel annuel de la revue Studies in Medievalism, pour le XXXe volume, et second volet du diptyque Political Medievalism:

From Hitler’s“Third Reich”to Bush’s “crusade”against terrorism, professional politicians have often invoked the Middle Ages to justify their actions. But they are far from alone, for many of their constituents have also deployed medievalism for political purposes, as in condemning impoverished countries for “failing to escape”the Middle Ages. Indeed, much of medievalism, not to mention the study of it, has revolved around politics of one kind or another, as became evident from the unprecedented number of submissions to our previous volume (XXIX) on this theme. 

Studies in Medievalism, a peer-reviewed print and on-line publication, is therefore once again seeking not only feature articles of 6,000-12,000 words (including notes) on any postmedieval responses to the Middle Ages, but also essays of approximately 3,000 words (including notes) on the intersection of medievalism (studies) and politics.

How exactly have professional and amateur politicians misconstrued, mangled, and manipulated the Middle Ages and to what end? How have politics influenced the development of medievalism and/or study of it? In what sense, if any, is it possible to have medievalism (studies) without politics? How might medievalism otherwise be deployed in professional or amateur politics? In responding to these and related questions, contributors are invited to give particular examples, but their submissions, which should be sent to Karl Fugelso ( in English and Word by August 1, 2020 (note that priority will be given to papers in the order they are received), should also address the implications of those examples for the discipline as a whole.