Studies in Medievalism

Studies in Medievalism XXX
Political Medievalism II

From Hitler’s “Third Reich” to Bush’s “crusade” against terrorism, professional politicians have often invoked the Middle Ages to justify their actions. But they are far from alone, for many of their constituents have also deployed medievalism for political purposes, as in condemning impoverished countries for “failing to escape” the Middle Ages. Indeed, much of medievalism, not to mention the study of it, has revolved around politics of one kind or another, as became evident from the unprecedented number of submissions to our previous volume (XXIX) on this theme. Studies in Medievalism, a peer-reviewed print and on-line publication, is therefore once again seeking not only feature articles of 6,000-12,000 words (including notes) on any postmedieval responses to the Middle Ages, but also essays of approximately 3,000 words (including notes) on the intersection of medievalism (studies) and politics. How exactly have professional and amateur politicians misconstrued, mangled, and manipulated the Middle Ages and to what end? How have politics influenced the development of medievalism and/or study of it? In what sense, if any, is it possible to have medievalism (studies) without politics? How might medievalism otherwise be deployed in professional or amateur politics? In responding to these and related questions, contributors are invited to give particular examples, but their submissions, which should be sent to Karl Fugelso ( in English and Word by August 1, 2020 (note that priority will be given to papers in the order they are received), should also address the implications of those examples for the discipline as a whole.  CLICK HERE for the Style Sheet.

Studies in Medievalism is the oldest academic journal dedicated entirely to the study of post-medieval images and perceptions of the Middle Ages. It accepts articles on both scholarly and popular works, with particular interest in the interaction between scholarship and re-creation. Its aim is to promote the interdisciplinary study of medievalism as a contemporary cultural phenomenon. Originally published privately, Studies in Medievalism is currently published by Boydell & Brewer, Ltd.. Click on the below links to Back Volumes for details and to order online.

Submissions and inquiries regarding submissions should be directed to Karl Fugelso (  Please follow the Style Sheet when preparing your submission for consideration.
Studies in Medievalism I.i
Medievalism in England
(Ed. Leslie J. Workman, Spring 1979)

Studies in Medievalism I.ii
Medievalism in America
(Ed. Leslie J. Workman, Spring 1982)

Studies in Medievalism II.i (unavailable)
Twentieth Century Medievalism
(Eds. Leslie Workman & Jane Chance, Fall 1982)

Studies in Medievalism II.ii
Medievalism in America
(Eds. Leslie Workman & Heather Arden, Spring 1983)

Studies in Medievalism II.iii
Dante in the Modern World
(Eds. Leslie Workman & Kathleen Verduin, Spring 1983)

Studies in Medievalism II.iv (unavailable)
Modern Arthurian Literature
(Eds. Leslie Workman & Veronica M. S. Kennedy, Fall 1983)

Studies in Medievalism III.i
Medievalism in France 1500-1700
(Eds. Leslie Workman & Heather Arden, Fall 1987)

Studies in Medievalism III.ii
Architecture and Design
(Eds. Leslie Workman & John R. Zukowsky, Fall 1990)

Studies in Medievalism III.iii-iv
German Medievalism
(Eds. Leslie Workman, Jane Chance, & Francis G. Gentry, 1991)

Studies in Medievalism IV
Medievalism in England
(Ed. Leslie J. Workman, 1992)

Studies in Medievalism V
Medievalism in Europe
(Ed. Leslie J. Workman, 1994)

Studies in Medievalism VI
Medievalism in North America
(Ed. Kathleen Verduin, 1994)

Studies in Medievalism VII
Medievalism in England II
(Eds. Leslie J. Workman & Kathleen Verduin, 1996)

Studies in Medievalism VIII
Medievalism in Europe II
(Eds. Leslie J. Workman & Kathleen Verduin, 1997)

Studies in Medievalism IX
Medievalism and the Academy
(Eds. David Metzger, Kathleen Verduin, & Leslie J. Workman, 1998)

Studies in Medievalism X
Medievalism and the Academy II
(Ed. David Metzger, 2000)

Studies in Medievalism XI
Appropriating the Middle Ages: Scholarship, Politics, Fraud
(Ed. Tom Shippey, Assoc. Ed. Martin Arnold, 2001)

Studies in Medievalism XII
Film & Fiction: Reviewing the Middle Ages
(Eds. Tom Shippey & Martin Arnold, 2003)

Studies in Medievalism XIII
Postmodern Medievalisms
(Eds. Richard Utz & Jesse G. Swan, 2005)

Studies in Medievalism XIV
Correspondences: Medievalism in Scholarship and the Arts
(Eds. Tom Shippey & Martin Arnold, 2005)

Studies in Medievalism XV
Memory and Medievalism
(Ed. Karl Fugelso, 2007)

Studies in Medievalism XVI
Medievalism in Technology Old and New
(Ed. Karl Fugelso & Carol L. Robinson, 2008)

Studies in Medievalism XVII
Defining Medievalism(s)
(Ed. Karl Fugelso, 2009)

Studies in Medievalism XVIII
Defining Medievalism(s) II
(Ed. Karl Fugelso, 2009)

Studies in Medievalism XIX
Defining Neomedievalism(s)
(Ed. Karl Fugelso, 2010)

Studies in Medievalism XX
Defining Neomedievalism(s) II
(Ed. Karl Fugelso, 2011)

Studies in Medievalism XXI
Corporate Medievalism
(Ed. Karl Fugelso, 2012)

Studies in Medievalism XXII
Corporate Medievalism II
(Ed. Karl Fugelso, 2013)

Studies in Medievalism XXIII
Ethics and Medievalism
(Ed. Karl Fugelso, 2014)

Studies in Medievalism XXIV
Medievalism in the Margins
(Ed. Karl Fugelso, 2015)

Studies in Medievalism XXV
Medievalism and Modernity
(Ed. Karl Fugelso, 2016)

Studies in Medievalism XXVI
(Ed. Karl Fugelso, 2017)

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