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A Critique of Marginality (Medieval Art Seminar)

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This seminar takes another look at Gothic marginalia, casting a critical eye on the existing body of critical interpretation of them. It will develop the thought that many marginalia are not necessarily products of popular culture but rather of enclosed groups familiar with high literary conventions, and that models which persist in seeing marginalia as subversive or collusive are actually strongly a priori in character, relying on a conventional definition of what the aesthetics of the centre, as opposed to the margin, may in fact have been.

This talk is part of the Medieval Art Seminar Series series.

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