IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1107: Visual Medievalism in Film and Art since 1890

Wednesday 9 July 2008, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:St Andrews' Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Organiser:Bettina Bildhauer, School of Modern Languages - German, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Anke Bernau, Department of English & American Studies, University of Manchester
Paper 1107-aDecadent Medievalism: Aubrey Beardsley and the Politics of Parody
(Language: English)
Emma Sutton, School of English, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Art History - General, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1107-bCross-Media Medievalism: Handwriting and Printing in Medieval Film
(Language: English)
Bettina Bildhauer, School of Modern Languages - German, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Language and Literature - German, Medievalism and Antiquarianism

This sessions addresses forms of visual engagement with the Middle Ages in the past 120 years. Sutton discusses Beardsley’s 1890s drawings for Malory’s Morte Darthur, How King Arthur Saw the Questing Beast, and Siegfried, Act II in relation to the medievalism of the Pre-Raphaelites, exploring their political dimensions in the context of contemporary anxieties about national identity and political supremacy. Bildhauer examines the portrayal of medieval handwriting in films like Sign of the Pagan (dir. Sirk, 1954) as a medium more dangerous than oral communication (but still preferable to printing), as part of cinema’s attempt to define itself as a medium through medievalism.