© 2005

Visual Culture and the German Middle Ages

  • Editors
  • Kathryn Starkey
  • Horst Wenzel

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Visual Culture and the German Middle Ages

    1. Kathryn Starkey
      Pages 1-12
  3. New Visions in Medieval Studies

  4. Intermediality

  5. Rethinking Manuscript Culture

  6. Spiritual Visions

  7. Word, Image, and Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Thomas Cramer
      Pages 251-271
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 273-290

About this book


This multi-disciplinary collection of essays draws on various theoretical approaches to explore the highly visual nature of the Middle Ages and expose new facets of old texts and artefacts. The term 'visual culture' has been used in recent years to refer to modern media theory, film, modern art and other contemporary representational forms and functions. But this emphasis on visuality is not only a modern phenomenon. Discourses on visual processes pervade the works of medieval secular poets, theologians, and scholastics alike. The Middle Ages was a highly visual society in which images, objects, and performance played a dominant communicative and representational role in both secular and religious areas of society. The essays in this volume, which present various perspectives on medieval visual culture, provide a critical historical basis for the study of visuality and visual processes.


culture film manuscripts Middle Ages Ovid society technology Visual Culture

About the authors

KATHRYN STARKEY is Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, USA.

Bibliographic information


'Together, these essays give an excellent overview of the state of the art by sampling these scholars' main concerns. They furnish proof that work on the German Middle Ages has much to offer to cultural studies as a whole.' - Times Literary Supplement

'This collection of essays...ought to play an important part in bridge-building between European and Anglo-American scholarship in medieval literary studies.' - Medieval Studies