Medievalism The Middle Ages in Modern England Michael Alexander

Publication date:
04 Apr 2017
Yale University Press
312 pages:
27 col. illus.
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Now reissued in an updated paperback edition, this groundbreaking account of the Medieval Revival movement examines the ways in which the style of the medieval period was re-established in post-Enlightenment England—from Walpole and Scott, Pugin, Ruskin, and Tennyson to Pound, Tolkien, and Rowling.
Medievalism . . . takes a panoramic view of the ‘recovery’ of the Medieval in English literature, visual arts and culture. . . . Ambitious, sweeping, sometimes idiosyncratic, but always interesting.”—Rosemary Ashton, Times Literary Supplement
“Deeply researched and stylishly written, Medievalism is an unalloyed delight that will instruct and amuse a wide readership.”—Edward Short, Books & Culture

Michael Alexander held the chair of English at St. Andrews University. His many books include A History of English Literature and Reading Shakespeare.

“Professor Alexander has made me want to search out many of the poets and writers, amongst others, whom he cites, particularly those of the twentieth century, and re-read them in the light of having learnt so much from this book about how significant the past will always be, and needs to be, in the creation of new work.” – Catriona Blaker, Present State