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Medievalism and Memory Work: Archer's Folly and the Gothic Revival Pile

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Mead, J (2005) Medievalism and Memory Work: Archer's Folly and the Gothic Revival Pile. In: Medievalism and the Gothic in Australian Culture. Making the Middle Ages (8). Brepols Publishers, Turnhout, Belgium, pp. 99-118. ISBN 978-2-503-51702-5

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Abstract

This chapter argues that medievalism in Australian culture needs to be understood through a postcolonial theory alert to a new historicist reading of cultural artefacts while nuanced by psychoanalysis. The focus of such a reading is the work of memory. 'Medievalism' is taken to mean the re-use of the medieval past and thus includes cultural, economic and academic practices. The artefacts read are dispersed across nineteenth-century records of property sale, a stone tower and a Gothic building, documents of twenthieth-century debate around the value of education and a range of memoirs.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: medievalism, memory, culture, Australia, national identity
Publisher: Brepols Publishers
Page Range: pp. 99-118
Additional Information: This chapter was republished in the same volume by Melbourne University Publishing in 2006.
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:22
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