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Temporality and Mediality in Late Medieval and Early Modern Culture

C. Kiening, M. Stercken (eds.)
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X+257 p., 50 b/w ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2018
ISBN: 978-2-503-55130-2
Languages: English
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Provides a new approach to media and mediality from the perspective of cultural history, focusing on a variety of medieval and early modern cultural forms.

This interdisciplinary volume explores the ways in which time is staged at the threshold between the Middle Ages and the early modern period. Proceeding from the reality that all cultural forms are inherently and inescapably temporal, it seeks to discover the significance of time in mediations and communications of all kinds.

By showing how time is displayed in diverse cultural strategies and situations, the essays of this volume show how time is intrinsic to the very concept of tradition. In exploring a variety of medial forms and communicative practices, they also reveal that while the beginning of the age of printing (around 1500) may mark a fundamental change in terms of reproduction and circulation, artefacts and other historical traditions continue to employ earlier systems and practices relating time and space.

The volume features articles by leading researchers in their respective fields, including studies on mosaics as a medium reflecting space and time; the triptych’s potential as a time machine; winged altarpieces mediating eternity; texts and images of the passion of Christ permeating past, present, and future; dimensions of time embedded in maps; a compendium of world knowledge organized by forms of time and temporality; the figuration of prophecy in times of crisis; the portrayal of time in architecture.

The volume thus provides a new approach to media and mediality from the perspective of cultural history.

Table of Contents


Temporality versus Transcendence: Mosaic as a Medium beyond Perspective—BARBARA SCHELLEWALD

The Triptych and its Time Folds: Artistic Explorations around 1500—MARIUS RIMMELE

Presence as Display: Carved Altarpieces on the Threshold to Eternity—BRITTA DÜMPELMANN

Mediating the Passion in Time and Space—CHRISTIAN KIENING

Mapping Time at the Threshold of Modernity—MARTINA STERCKEN

vide infra, … vide supra: Flipping through Times in the Rudimentum Novitiorum (1475)—ANJA RATHMANN-LUTZ

Precarious Times: The Discourse of the Prophet in the Age of Reformation—MARCUS SANDL

Lingering Visions of Past and Future in the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili—ALEKSANDRA PRICA


“Students and scholars of the medieval and early modern periods will discover a fascinating volume of groundbreaking academic research inviting further study.” (Frank Swannack, in Parergon, 36/2, 2019, p. 222)


Interest Classification:
Social Sciences
Communication & Media Studies
Medieval & Modern (Indo-European) Languages & Literatures
Comparative & cultural studies through literature
Cultural studies (general & theoretical)
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Art History (general)
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history
Modern History (1501 to the present)
Early modern history (1501-1800) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history

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