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Thresholds of Medieval Visual Culture: Liminal Spaces


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"This aptly-named book brings all manner of boundary-crossing into one provocative, material space in which we can view the riches of state-of-the-art scholarship on medieval and early modern visual culture." Gail McMurray Gibson, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English and Humanities, Davidson College

The essays in this collection explore the thresholds between the visual and verbal, the sensory and performative, the literal and metaphorical, the social and epistemological that shaped the cultural matrix of the Middle Ages. The contributors' interrelated interests in patronage, word-image relationships, reception theory, gender studies, close visual and textual analysis, and performance criticism make for a valuable interdisciplinary mix that highlights the importance of studying medieval material culture in its many manifestations and valences. The book benefits from the ambitious cross-disciplinary explorations and engagements with contemporary theory undertaken in the field of medieval studies in recent decades, especially those by Pamela Sheingorn, to whom the volume is dedicated.

Jill Stevenson is Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, Marymount Manhattan College; Elina Gertsman is Assistant Professor of Medieval Art, Case Western Reserve University.

Contributors: Richard K. Emmerson, Kathryn A. Smith, Lucy Freeman Sandler, Marilynn Desmond, Adelaide Bennett, Jonathan J. G. Alexander, Diane Wolfthal, Corine Schleif, Rachel Dressler, Glenn Burger, Robert L. A. Clark, Jenna Soleo-Shanks, Glenn Ehrstine, Colum Hourihane


A colourful, scholarly and often fascinating volume. HISTORY


First Published: 15 Mar 2012
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843836971
Pages: 406
Size: 24.4 x 17.2
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Boydell Press
BIC Class: AG

Details updated on 28 Apr 2016


  • 1  Publications of Pamela Sheingorn
  • 2  Introduction: Limning the Field
  • 3  On the Threshold of the Last Days: Negotiating Image and Word in the Apocalypse of Jean de Berry
  • 4  The Monk Who Crucified Himself
  • 5  The Lumere as lais and its Readers: Pictorial Evidence from British Library MS Royal 15 D II
  • 6  Reading and Visuality in Stephen Scrope's Translatio of Christine de Pizan's Epistre Othea
  • 7  Making Literate Lay Women Visible: Text and Image in French and Flemish Books of Hours, 1220-1320
  • 8  Women and the Italian Renaissance Illuminated Manuscript
  • 9  The Sexuality of the Medieval Comb
  • 10  Kneeling on the Threshold: Donors Negotiating Realms Betwixt and Between
  • 11  Sculptural Representation and Spatial Appropriation in a Medieval Chantry Chapel
  • 12  In the Merchant's Bedchamber
  • 13  Liminality and Literary Genres: Texts par personnages in Late Medieval Manuscript Culture
  • 14  From Stage to Page: Siena's Caleffo dell'Assunta, Spectacular Machines, and the Promotion of Civic Power
  • 15  Passion Spectatorship Between Private and Public Devotion
  • 16  Afterword. Pamela Sheingorn: An Appreciation
  • 17  Bibliography

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