Jun 02, 2020  
2018-2019 Caspersen School of Graduate Studies 
    
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AREL 809 - Medievalist Visions of the Nineteenth Century

3 credits


A comprehensive understanding of the 19th century must account for its enduring fascination with the Middle Ages. In large part, the cult of the medieval was a reaction against the ascendancy of industrialism and the newly empowered middle classes. As such, medievalism’s influence extended into the realms of religion, art, architecture, novels, poetry, prose, and politics. This course will survey the various guises of 19th-century medievalism and explore the connections between them in an interdisciplinary manner. From the novels of Sir Walter Scott to the religiously motivated architecture of Augustus Welby Pugin, from the polemical prose of Thomas Carlyle and John Ruskin to the fantasies of William Morris, from the evocative art of the pre-Raphaelites to the opportunistic politics of Benjamin Disraeli, a vast array of figures offered their medievalist visions as they sought to influence the course of the 19th century.

 

 



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