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PUBLIC LECTURE: Public Lecture: A/Prof Louise D'Arcens: 'Reception, Recovery, Recreation: The Singular Story of the Middle Ages in Australia'

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Today's date is Thursday, October 22, 2020
Public Lecture: A/Prof Louise D'Arcens: 'Reception, Recovery, Recreation: The Singular Story of the Middle Ages in Australia' : This talk will explore the varied, surprising, and persistent afterlife of the Middle Ages in Australian culture. Other events...
This talk will explore the varied, surprising, and persistent afterlife of the Middle Ages in Australian culture. As the late eighteenth century was the foundational period of British settlement in the Australian colonies, High Enlightenment ideals have had an indisputable impact on Australian public life. Yet the story is not so simple. A growing recognition of the greater complexity of colonial Australia’s relationship with the European past has led to a more nuanced account of its distinctive engagement with a cultural legacy stretching back to the medieval period. A picture is now emerging of a colonial culture in which medievalism — the creative modern response to the Middle Ages and adaptation of medieval concepts — has existed as a major aesthetic and cultural presence in Australian literature, architecture, political ceremony, theatre,art, and even sport. This thriving but often unacknowledged subculture, with its preoccupations with either romance and chivalry and folklore, or irrationality, disorder, and Gothic gloom, has been far more formative of settler Australia’s cultural identity than has been recognized. Looking at examples from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this talk will explore just some of the large body of medievalism Australia has produced, and will discuss some of the ways we can understand its highly localized interpretations of medieval motifs, narrative forms, legends, and personages.
Speaker(s) Associate Professor Louise D'Arcens, School of English Literatures and Philosophy, University of Wollongong
Location Gentilli Lecture Theatre (Geography 1.31)
Contact Andrew Lynch <[email protected]> : 6488 2185
Start Thu, 16 Aug 2012 18:00
End Thu, 16 Aug 2012 19:30
Submitted by Andrew Lynch <[email protected]>
Last Updated Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:58
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