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What, in the World, Is Medievalism?

Dumbarton Oaks Music Room
October 25, 2018
05:30 PM to 07:30 PM
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Lecture by Professor Richard Utz

The President of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism and author of Medievalism: A Manifesto, Professor Richard Utz (School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech) takes a democratic approach to medieval studies and public scholarship. This lecture will address modern engagement with medieval culture, echoing the theme of the exhibition.

Medievalism refers to the life of the Middle Ages beyond its own time. Elements of the medieval have appeared in art, architecture, and culture, from the Renaissance to the present. Our enduring fascination with the Middle Ages can be seen in the popularity of fantasy novels, television shows, and video games set in quasi-medieval worlds. The Juggling the Middle Ages exhibition and programming consider how medievalism has transformed over time, and what that transformation reveals.

Juggling the Middle Ages

Featuring more than 100 objects, Juggling the Middle Ages explores the influence of the medieval world by focusing on a single story with a long-lasting impactLe Jongleur de Notre Dame or Our Lady’s Tumbler. The exhibit follows the tale from its rediscovery by scholars in the 1870s to its modern interpretations in children’s books, offering viewers a look at a vast range of objects, including stained glass windows, illuminated manuscripts, household objects, and vintage theater posters.