Introduction: Reading Out of Time—Genealogy, African-American Literature, and the Middle Ages

  • Matthew X. Vernon
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


The Introduction reads against the grain of the predominant narrative of medievalism: as a uniform and clearly-defined means of consolidating white identity. Vernon outlines the implications of reading American history through the lens of the Middle Ages to contextualize African-American appropriations of medieval materials. This Introduction sets up the book’s broadest concerns about myth-making, the production of history as an anti-racist tactic and the formation of an African-American literary tradition.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew X. Vernon
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  1. 1.University of California, DavisDavisUSA

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