This book is called a manifesto because it has an unapologetically political objective. Richard Utz wants to help reform the way we think about and practise our academic engagement with medieval culture, and he uses his own observations as a medievalist and medievalism-ist over the last 25 years to offer ways in which we might reconnect with the general public that has allowed us to become, since the late nineteenth century, a rather exclusive clan of specialists who communicate mostly with each other.
About the Author
Richard Utz is chair and professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology and president of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism.
Table of Contents
What's Love Got To Do With It? Our Middle Ages, Ourselves Don't Know Much About the Middle Ages? Toward Flat(ter) Futures of Engagement Intervention One: Residual Medievalisms in Eastern Bavaria Intervention Two: Race and Medievalism at Atlanta's Rhodes Hall Intervention Three: Medievalism, Religion, and Temporality Manifesto: Six (Not So) Little Medievalisms