Volume 2, Issue 1: The Animal Turn

Peggy McCracken (Univ. of Michigan) and Karl Steel (Brooklyn College, CUNY)

This issue critically engages the question of the animal on a number of fronts by drawing together medieval studies of animals with the ongoing theoretical investigations of the question of the animal. Apart from literary studies, topics considered include the collaboration between humans and nonhumans in medieval hunting practices, affect with and for companion animals in both medieval and postmedieval contexts, and the operations of the animal in medieval encyclopedias, theological doctrine, and other ‘non-literary’ written artifacts. “The Animal Turn” distinguishes itself from previous medieval work on animals in three chief points: first, by its methodological interaction and conversation with leading-edge posthuman philosophical and ethical studies (e.g. work by Ralph Acampora, Donna Haraway, Leonard Lawlor, and Cary Wolfe); second, by its interest in animals, not as walking allegory or mere tools, but as creatures sharing a material and discursive world in a variety of ways with the human animal; finally, by its interest in humans themselves as animals, which necessitates an investigation of the practices that attempted–and still attempt–to cordon humans apart from all other life.

Issue 2.1 (Spring 2011)


Volume 2, Issue 2: The Medievalism of Nostalgia

Co-Editors: Helen Dell (Univ. of Melbourne), Louise D’Arcens (Univ. of Wollongong), and Andrew Lynch (Univ. of Western Australia)

Nostalgia, first perceived in the 17th century as an obscure condition of homesickness afflicting soldiers serving abroad, is now recognized as a key symptom of modernity. Medievalism - the re-imagining and re-invention of the Middle Ages - has provided a desirable home for the longings of nostalgia since the 18th century or earlier. The essays collected in this special issue investigate the privileged association between the two terms.

Issue 2.2 (Summer 2011)


Volume 2, Issue 3: New Critical Modes

Co-Editors: Jeffrey J. Cohen (George Washington Univ.) and Cary Howie (Cornell Univ.)

This issue examines and embodies some of the new critical modes that are emerging among contemporary medievalists (and postmedievalists). Critics have often been content to adopt the voice, citational practices, textual apparatuses, forums and ambit of those who trained them, leading to a great deal of continuity in published scholarship over the years. Others, however, have become restless with such modes and models, choosing to disseminate their work and perform its content differently. This special issue examines new modes of writing, new media, and the very idea or possibility of critical novelty. Topics include the reinvention of scholarly and authoritative voice; the affective turn in critical practice; performativity and embodiment; amateurism; popular medievalisms; anachronism; and hybridity of critical investments, genres and identities.

Issue 2.3 (Fall/Winter 2011)