A Place to Believe In
- Publish Date: 5/1/2006
- Dimensions: 6.125 x 9.25
- Page Count: 288 pages Illustrations: 18 illustrations/13 maps
- Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-271-02859-0
- Paperback ISBN: 978-0-271-02860-6
“This stimulating and provocative essay collection picks up the recent interest of medieval scholars in the political, social, and religious meanings of place and space, but it goes far beyond the work so far done in the field. What makes it unique is that it is so wide ranging across disciplinary and temporal boundaries. The book could make a wonderful addition to courses in Anglo-Saxon or later medieval texts that focus on female spirituality or monasticism.”
“The scope of the volume is exemplary. The topics which constitute the ‘matter’ of this fragmentary, histiography open up the conceptual place of what the volume could have been. The editors knew that: some of the contributors, however, did not match the aspirations of Lees and Overing. Be that as it may, A Place to Believe In is a worthwhile addition to the discourse on the medieval practices of space/place.”
Medievalists have much to gain from a thoroughgoing contemplation of place. If landscapes are windows onto human activity, they connect us with medieval people, enabling us to ask questions about their senses of space and place. In A Place to Believe In Clare Lees and Gillian Overing bring together scholars of medieval literature, archaeology, history, religion, art history, and environmental studies to explore the idea of place in medieval religious culture.
The essays in A Place to Believe In reveal places real and imagined, ancient and modern: Anglo-Saxon Northumbria (home of Whitby and Bede’s monastery of Jarrow), Cistercian monasteries of late medieval Britain, pilgrimages of mind and soul in Margery Kempe, the ruins of Coventry Cathedral in 1940, and representations of the sacred landscape in today’s Pacific Northwest.
A strength of the collection is its awareness of the fact that medieval and modern viewpoints converge in an experience of place and frame a newly created space where the literary, the historical, and the cultural are in ongoing negotiation with the geographical, the personal, and the material. Featuring a distinguished array of scholars, A Place to Believe In will be of great interest to scholars across medieval fields interested in the interplay between medieval and modern ideas of place.
Contributors are Kenneth Addison, Sarah Beckwith, Stephanie Hollis, Stacy S. Klein, Fred Orton, Ann Marie Rasmussen, Diane Watt, Kelley M. Wickham-Crowley, Ulrike Wiethaus, and Ian Wood.
Anglo-Saxon Horizons: Places of the Mind in the Northumbrian Landscape
Clare A. Lees and Gillian R. Overing
Part I: Place Matters
1. At the Bewcastle Monument, in Place
2. Bede’s Jarrow
3. Living on the Ecg: The Mutable Boundaries of Land and Water in Anglo-Saxon Contexts
Kelley M. Wickham-Crowley
Part II: Textual Locations
4. Gender and the Nature of Exile in Old English Elegies
Stacy S. Klein
5. Spatial Metaphors, Textual Production, and Spirituality in the Works of Gertrud of Helfta
6. Strategies of Emplacement and Displacement: St. Edith and the Wilton Community in Goscelin’s
Legend of Edith and Liber confortatorius
7. Faith in the Landscape: Overseas Pilgrimages in The Book of Margery Kempe
Part III: Landscapes in Time
8. Preserving, Conserving, Deserving the Past: A Meditation on Ruin as Relic in Post-War Britain in Five Fragments
9. Changing Places: Rapid Climate Change and the Cistercian Settlement in Britain
10. Visible and Invisible Landscapes: Medieval Monasticism as a Cultural Resource in the Pacific Northwest
Ann Marie Rasmussen
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