Honoring the scholarship of Richard K. Emmerson, this collection interrogates the concept of interdisciplinarity through a set of essays that traverse the traditional boundaries of various fields in medieval studies.
Elina Gertsman is Professor of Art History at CWRU. She is the author and editor of several books, including The Dance of Death in the Middle Ages (2010) and Worlds Within (2015).
Karlyn Griffith is Associate Professor of Art History at Cal Poly, Pomona. She was the recipient of research grants from the American Philosophical Society and Bibliographical Society of the UK. Her work has been recently published in Viator and Pecia.
Deirdre Carter teaches art history at Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis. Her research has been supported by the Schallek Fellowship of the Medieval Academy of America and the Richard III Society, American Branch
This interdisciplinary collection celebrates the scholarship of Richard K. Emmerson, one of the most prominent medievalists of his generation. With contributions to the history of medieval literature, drama, theology, and art, this anthology not only showcases the fields with which Emmerson’s own work engaged, but also demonstrates the fruitfulness of the cross-disciplinary approach that has come to define these fields. Although the essays employ a broad range of source material—from devotional texts to royal chronicles and from architectural sculpture to illuminated manuscripts—the book focuses specifically on four distinct but related topics: word-image relationships, eschatology, identity, and moral argument. The contributions, written by Emmerson’s colleagues and former students, speak to the importance of interdisciplinarity and demonstrate the profound influence of Emmerson’s work on the rich field of medieval studies.
Elina Gertsman and Deirdre Carter — Introduction: A Laudarium
Publications by Richard K. Emmerson
Part I: Sites of Reception
Lawrence Nees — Antique and Faux-Antique in Carolingian Manuscripts
Paula Gerson — Early Painted Faade Sculpture: Research and Observations on Perception and Cognition
Jack Freiberg — The Imago Pietatis in Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Pope Gregory the Great, and Spain
Part II: Imaging and Imagining the Text
Lucy Freeman Sandler — Visions of the Beginning and the End: The Hours of the Angels Added to the Psalter of Yolande of Soissons
Penn R. Szittya — Gods Palimpsest: The Encyclopedia Omne bonum as Sacred Book
Nigel J. Morgan — Word and Image in the Anglo-Norman Prose Apocalypse Fragment London, British Library, MS Add. 38842
Part III: Envisioning the End of Days
Jennifer M. Feltman — Tradition and Innovation in the Sculptural Cycle of the Life of John at Reims Cathedral
Karlyn Griffith — The Spectacle of Violence and Romance in Three English Metrical Apocalypses
David Bevington — The Tegernsee Play of Antichrist
Part IV: Locating Identity
David N. Klausner — Performance Indicators in Two Early Welsh Plays
Robert W. Hanning — Rituals of Identity, Strategies of Desire: How a Servant Becomes King for a Night in Decameron 3.2
Elaine Treharne — The Endurance of the Name, 700–1500
Thomas A. Goodmann — Everywhere & Nowhere: Finding the Friars
Part V: Spirituality and the Moral Argument
Beatrice Kitzinger — The Good, the Bad, and the Ivory: On Moral Distinction in Carolingian Crucifixions
Bernard McGinn — The Ordering of Love in the Twelfth Century
Ronald B. Herzman — Francis, Dante, Iacopone
Sarah Andyshak and Karlyn Griffith — In Place of an Epilogue: What Else Do We See?
Elina Gertsman — Afterword: This Is the End