New Book | Anglo-Saxonism and the Idea of Englishness

Posted in books by Editor on March 27, 2020

From Boydell & Brewer:

Dustin M. Frazier Wood, Anglo-Saxonism and the Idea of Englishness in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Martlesham, Suffolk: Boydell Press, 2020), 239 pages, ISBN: 978-1783275014, $99.

Long before they appeared in the pages of Ivanhoe and nineteenth-century Old English scholarship, the Anglo-Saxons had become commonplace in Georgian Britain. The eighteenth century—closely associated with Neoclassicism and the Gothic and Celtic revivals—also witnessed the emergence of intertwined scholarly and popular Anglo-Saxonisms that helped to define what it meant to be English. This book explores scholarly Anglo-Saxon studies and imaginative Anglo-Saxonism during a century not normally associated with either. Early in the century, scholars and politicians devised a rhetoric of Anglo-Saxon inheritance in response to the Hanoverian succession, and participants in Britain’s burgeoning antiquarian culture adopted simultaneously affective and scientific approaches to Anglo-Saxon remains. Patriotism, imagination, and scholarship informed the writing of Enlightenment histories that presented England, its counties, and its towns as Anglo-Saxon landscapes. Those same histories encouraged English readers to imagine themselves as the descendants of Anglo-Saxon ancestors—as did history paintings, book illustrations, poetry, and drama that brought the Anglo-Saxon past to life. Drawing together these strands of scholarly and popular medievalism, this book identifies Anglo-Saxonism as a multifaceted, celebratory and inclusive idea of Englishness at work in eighteenth-century Britain.

Dustin M. Frazier Wood is a Lecturer in English at the University of Roehampton.


Introduction: Anglo-Saxonism, Medievalism, and the Eighteenth Century
1  Anglo-Saxonisms of the Early Eighteenth Century
2  Antiquaries and Anglo-Saxons
3  Anglo-Saxon History and the English Landscape
4  Imaging and Imagining Anglo-Saxonness
5  Anglo-Saxonist Politics and Posterity
Conclusion: Sharon Turner’s History of the Anglo-Saxons


Call for Articles | Visual and Material Culture across the Baltic

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on March 27, 2020

From ArtHist.net:

Visual and Material Culture Exchange across the Baltic Sea Region, 1772–1918
Edited by Michelle Facos, Bart Pushaw, and Thor Mednick

Proposals due by 1 June 2020; final essays due by 31 December 2020

The long nineteenth century occupies a precarious place in the history of the visual and material culture of the Baltic Sea Region, at once containing the most popular and most obscured areas of art historical investigation. Since the 1990s, the concept of a Baltic Sea Region encompassing the sea and its surrounding land has fostered transnational thinking about the region, transcending Cold War binaries of ‘East’ and ‘West’ in an effort to view the area more holistically. Yet national funding schemes in these countries—Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and Russia—continue to foster a historiographical imbalance that downplays the region’s extraordinary significance as a cultural crossroads of the world. By contrast, our publication foregrounds visual and material exchanges and the ideological or pragmatic factors that motivated them in order to frame the Baltic Sea as a nexus of entangled individuals and cultures always in conversation across the long nineteenth century (ca. 1770–1920).The volume draws from selected papers from our series of conferences in Greifswald in 2017, Berlin in 2018, Tallinn in 2019, and a final, anticipated, conference in Copenhagen.

The publication focuses on the following themes:
• Travelling Artists and Craftsmen
• Art Academies as International Hubs
• Slavery, Serfdom, and the Colonial Turn
• Relationship between Art and Science
• Art Commerce: Agents, Dealers, Collectors, Advisers
• Foreign Artists at Royal Courts
• International Constructions of ‘National’ Styles

While our volume addresses the long nineteenth century, we are especially keen to receive contributions that approach material culture of the region at the turn of the nineteenth century (ca. 1770–1820) as well as the mid-nineteenth century (1840–1870). A paper proposal of 300 words, together with an accompanying short CV (max. 5-page), should be submitted to mfacos@indiana.edu, bcpushaw@gmail.com, and tmednick@hotmail.com by 1 June 2020. We will notify you by 1 July. The deadline for completed articles/chapters of 6,000–9,000 words will be 31 December 2020.

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