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Encountering Medieval Textiles and Dress : Objects, Texts, Images - Desiree G. Koslin

Encountering Medieval Textiles and Dress

Objects, Texts, Images

By: Desiree G. Koslin (Editor), Janet Snyder (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 6th February 2003
ISBN: 9780312293772
Number Of Pages: 270

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This broad-reaching collection of essays constitutes a thorough introduction to the fields and methodologies concerned with studies of textiles and dress of the Middle Ages. New themes and critical viewpoints from many disciplines are brought to bear on the medieval material in the areas of archaeology, art and architecture, economics, law, history, literature, religion, and textile technology. The contributors address surviving objects and artifacts and interpret representations in texts and images. The articles extend in time from the fifth to the sixteenth centuries, and cover Europe from Scandinavia, England, and Ireland in the north, to Italy and the Mediterranean basin in the south. Emphasis is placed on the significant role of trade and cultural exchanges as they impact appearance and its constituent materials.

"An outstanding series of essays by historians, art historians, and literary specialists on a wide variety of topics in medieval textiles, from manufacture and use, to style, fashion, iconography, and the many shades of social meaning."

- William W. Clark, Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY



"This volume demonstrates the wide variety of excellent new work now being done on dress and costume history. The papers are rich in content and cover a wide variety of periods and subject matter."

- Jonathan J. G. Alexander, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University



"The volume is a valuable addition to the both the library of a general reader and a costume historian. For the general reader the books provides ready access to information ranging over a six-hundred year period. For the costume historian there is a wealth of detailed information to add breadth and depth to one's knowledge, with an additional resource of information in the form of copious endnotes and bibliographic references."

- Sandra L. Rosenbau, Dress

Series Editor's Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Illustrationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Early Middle Ages
Appearance and Ideology: Creating Distinctions between Clerics and Lay Persons in Early Medieval Gaulp. 7
From Self-Sufficiency to Commerce: Structural and Artifactual Evidence for Textile Manufacture in Eastern England in the Pre-Conquest Periodp. 25
Dressing the Part: Depictions of Noble Costume in Irish High Crossesp. 45
The Central Middle Ages
Marie de France's Bisclavret: What the WerewolfWill and Will Not Wearp. 67
From Content to Form: Court Clothing in Mid-Twelfth--Century Northern French Sculpturep. 85
Fashion in French Crusade Literature: Desiring Infidel Textilesp. 103
"Christ as a Windblown Sleeve": The Ambiguity of Clothing as Sign in Gottfried von Strassburg's Tristanp. 121
Addressing the Law: Costume as Signifier in Medieval Legal Miniaturesp. 137
The Late Middle Ages
From Battlefield to Court: The Invention of Fashion in the Fourteenth Centuryp. 157
Unraveling the Mystery of Jan van Eyck's Cloths of Honor: The Ghent Altarpiecep. 173
Marked Difference: Earrings and "The Other" in Fifteenth--Century Flemish Artp. 195
The Margaret Fitzgerald Tomb Effigy: A Late Medieval Headdress and Gown in St. Canice's Cathedral, Kilkennyp. 209
"As proud as a dog in a doublet": The Importance of Clothing in The Shoemaker's Holidayp. 223
Value-Added Stuffs and Shifts in Meaning: An Overview and Case Study of Medieval Textile Paradigmsp. 233
Glossaryp. 251
Contributorsp. 259
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9780312293772
ISBN-10: 0312293771
Series: The New Middle Ages
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 6th February 2003
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1