The Post-Historical Middle Ages

  • Editors
  • Elizabeth Scala
  • Sylvia Federico

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Sylvia Federico, Elizabeth Scala
    Pages 1-11
  3. Jeffrey J. Cohen
    Pages 37-61
  4. Maura Nolan
    Pages 63-85
  5. Aranye Fradenburg
    Pages 87-115
  6. Thomas Prendergast, Stephanie Trigg
    Pages 117-137
  7. George Edmondson
    Pages 139-160
  8. Elizabeth Scala
    Pages 191-214
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 229-237

About this book


This collection of original essays repositions medieval literary studies after an era of historicism. Analyzing the legacy of Marxist and materialist theory on medieval literary criticism, the collection offers new ways of reading texts historically. Drawing upon aesthetic, ethical, and cultural vantage points and methods, these essays demonstrate that a variety of approaches and theories are "historical" and can change what it means to historicize medieval literature. By defining our post-historical moment in medieval English literary studies in terms of new possibilities, this collection will have broad appeal to those interested in the English Middle Ages, history, culture, and reading itself.


history literary studies Middle Ages

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