United States of Medievalism, 2021


Happy to have an essay in this volume forthcoming from U of Toronto Press, expertly edited by Tison Pugh and Susan Aronstein. " The United States of Medievalism contemplates the desires, dreams, and contradictions inherent in experiencing the Middle Ages in a nation that is so temporally, spatially, and at times politically removed from them. The European Middle Ages have long influenced the national landscape of the United States through the medieval sites that permeate its self-announced republican landscapes and cities. Today, American-built medievalisms continue to shape the nation’s communities, collapsing the binaries between past and present, medieval and modern, European and American."

Table of contents

Introduction Built in the United States of America: Constructing a Medieval Past Tison Pugh and Susan Aronstein

Part I: Building the American Middle Ages 1. Translatio Horti: Medievalized Gardens in Boston and Cambridge Kathleen Coyne Kelly 2. Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Glencairn – and Philadelphia’s Other Medieval(ist) Jewels Kevin J. Harty 3. The Masonic Medievalism of Washington, D.C. Laurie Finke 4. Medieval Chicago: Architecture, Patronage, and Capital at the Fin de Siècle Alfred Thomas

Part II: Living in the American Middle Ages 5. Three Vignettes and a White Castle: Knighthood and Race in Modern Atlanta Richard Utz 6. Medieval New York City: A Walk through The Stations of the Cross Candace Barrington 7. Minnesota Medieval: Dragons, Knights, and Runestones Jana K. Schulman 8. “I yearned for a strange land and a people that had the charm of originality”: Searching for Salvation in Medieval Appalachia Alison Gulley 9. Wounded Landscapes: Topographies of Franciscan Spirituality and Deep Ecology in California Medievalism Lowell Gallagher

Part III: Playing in the American Middle Ages 10. Orlando’s Medieval Heritage Project Tison Pugh and Susan Aronstein 11. Saints and Sinners: New Orleans’s Medievalisms Usha Vishnuvajjala and Candace Barrington 12. Sherwood Forest Faire: Evoking Medieval May-Games, Robin Hood Revels, and Twentieth-Century “Pleasure Faires” in Contemporary Texas Lorraine Kochanske Stock 13. Las Vegas: Getting Medieval in Sin City Laurie Finke and Martin Shichtman


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