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The Trans-Medial Everyman - an Analysis of the Relationship Between Medievalism and Modernity
The Trans-medial
Everyman originated as part of the advanced
module class “All the World’s a Stage,” in which my colleague Riad Nassar and I transformed the Middle English Everyman into a simultaneous theater and film production. Based on selected
results o...

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A Review of Jon Cannon's Medieval Church Architecture
Hello Beyond Borders Readers, As we welcome the fall season, Beyond Borders will now be writing on a quarterly basis. Between
our quarterly posts, we welcome posts from guest bloggers and plan to keep you
all abreast of our research and on-going academic th...

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A Magic Bowl for Love and Prosperity: Part I
With
regard to the apotropaic efficacy of objects within the Islamic culture of
esoteric beliefs and practices, the magic bowl occupies an interesting space.
It bears many visual and textual similarities to portable amulets and talismans; however, it is not...

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Gilt Visions: Courtly Culture and the Otherworld in the Mabinogion
I have recently been examining the issue of ‘materiality’ in History
of Art as part of my PhD research. Rather than discuss my research
directly, I want to explore the issue of materiality in the medieval
literature of Wales. In order to make this a more...

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The Transition of Orsanmichele: Medieval to Renaissance, Market to Holy Site
Orsanmichele Like many of the buildings of Florence, Italy,
Orsanmichele has a rich history and use of spolia. According to the National
Gallery of Art Washington DC, Orsanmichele is speculated to have once housed a
place of worship to Isis in Roman times, ...

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Why so serious? Phallic trees and humour in medieval imagery
Fig. 1 Detail, BNF fr. 25526, fol. 106v Several weeks ago the
image of a Phallus tree from an illuminated manuscript of the Roman
de la Rose (BNF fr. 25526) made rounds through the twittersphere
(Fig. 1). Originally tweeted by Sarah Peverly , it was probabl...

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Happy New Year's from Beyond Borders!
Happy New Year’s Beyond Borders Readers! It has been an
eventful year for Beyond Borders and we are thrilled to have had you all as
readers, guest bloggers, and friends as we continued our academic explorations
and discussions.  In 2013 we reached our
one y...

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Creating Narratives: Thoughts on the New Life of Disassembled Manuscripts
In
a recent reading of Elaine Treharne’s blog Text
Technologies , I am
particularly drawn to comment upon her two most recent posts ' The Broken Book I: Getty Exhibition “Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister” ' and ' The Broken Book...

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The Appropriation of the Cosmati and Cosmatesque
The Roman Medieval Cosmati works of the tenth to the thirteenth century may have been an innovation in church ornamentation for the period,
but the material and content presented in the patterns are appropriated from
years past. The Roman craftsmen repurpos...
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