Note: This list contains sources on medieval-themed extremism published in academic books and journals within the last 20 years. For earlier studies of medievalism, see our other relevant resources section here. For articles on these issues published in journalistic outlets, see our “in the news” section here. Where practical, we have listed an entire anthology or journal special issue in lieu of individual essays.
Nationalism, Eurocentrism, and Colonialism
Nadia R. Altschul, Geographies of Philological Knowledge: Postcoloniality and the Transatlantic National Epic, University of Chicago Press, 2012.
Nadia R. Altschul and Kathleen Davis, eds. Medievalisms in the Postcolonial World: The Idea of the “Middle Ages” Outside Europe, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
John Arnold, Kate Davies, and Simon Ditchfield, eds., History and Heritage: Consuming the Past in Contemporary Culture, Routledge, 2014.
Martin Arnold, Thor: Myth to Marvel, Continuum, 2011.
Candace Barrington and Louise D’Arcens, eds., Modernities and Global Medievalisms: A Special Issue of Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures 8.1 (2019).
Shamma Boyarin, Annika Christensen, Amaranta Saguar García, and Dean Swinford, “Part II: Nationalism and Identity in Metal Medievalism,” in Ruth Barrat-Peacock and Ross Hagan, eds., Medievalism and Metal Music Studies: Throwing Down the Gauntlet, Emerald Publishing Limited, 2019: 71-136.
Louise D’Arcens, “Medievalisms: from Nationalist and Colonial Past to Global Future,” Parergon 36.2: 179-82.
Louise D’Arcens and Chris Jones. ‘Excavating the Borders of Literary Anglo-Saxonism in Nineteenth-Century Britain and Australia.’ Representations 121 (2013): 85–106.
Laurie A. Finke and Martin B. Shichtman, King Arthur and the Myth of History, University Press of Florida, 2004.
Sarah M. Guérin, “Ivory and the Ties That Bind,” in Whose Middle Ages: Teachable Moments for an Ill-Used Past, Fordham University Press, 2019: 140-153.
Geraldine Heng, “Afterword: Medievalists and the Education of Desire,” in in Whose Middle Ages: Teachable Moments for an Ill-Used Past, Fordham University Press, 2019: 275-292.
Patricia Clare Ingham and Michelle R. Warren, eds., Postcolonial Moves: Medieval through Modern, Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
Michelle R. Warren, Creole Medievalism: Colonial France and Joseph Bédier’s Middle Ages, University of Minnesota Press, 2011.
Daniel Wollenberg, Medieval Imagery in Today’s Politics, Arc Humanities Press, 2019.
Louise D’Arcens, Andrew Lynch, and Stephanie Trigg, eds., Medievalism, Nationalism, Colonialism: a special issue of Australian Literary Studies 26. 3-4, 2011.
Louise D’Arcens, “The Middle Ages in Australia: colonialism, nationalism, and the antiquarian imagination,” Florilegium 27 (2010) 1-26.
Louise D’Arcens, “The Past Is a Foreign Country”: The Australian Middle Ages,” Revista de Poética Medieval 21 (2008): 319-356.
Stephanie Trigg, Medievalism and the Gothic in Australian Culture, Melbourne University Publishing, 2016.
Gjoni Alketa, “The Medieval Invention: Self and the Other in Albanian Medievalism,” Tarih Kritik Dergisi 1.3 (2017): 26-29.
Alexander Filyushkin, “ ‘To Remember Pskov’: How the Medieval Republic Was Stamped on the National Memory,” Jahrbücher Für Geschichte Osteuropas. 66.4 (2018): 559-587.
Sean Griffin, “Putin’s Medieval Weapons in the War against Ukraine,” Studies in Medievalism XXIX (2020): 13–20.
Izidor Janžekovič, “‘To Hell with Everything’: Post-War Nationalism and the “Old Slavic Sanctuary” at Ptuj Castle, Slovenia,” Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 63 (2021).
Dina Khapeva, Robert Romanchuk, and Richard Utz. “Forum: Including Russia,” The Year’s Work in Medevalism 32 (2017).
Stephen Lahey, “Czech Political Medievalism: Tomás G. Masaryk and Petr Chelcický,” Studies in Medievalism XXX, 2021.
Reima Välimäki, Medievalism in Finland and Russia: Twentieth and Twenty-First Century, Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2022.
North and South America
Susan Aronstein and Tison Pugh, eds, The United States of Medievalism, University of Toronto Press, 2021. (also in collections)
Nadia R. Altschul,“Medievalism and the Contemporaneity of the Medieval in Postcolonial Brazil,” Studies in Medievalism XXIV (2015): 139–154.
Nadia R. Altschul, Politics of Temporalization: Medievalism and Orientalism in Nineteenth-Century South America, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020.
Nadia Altschul, “Transfer,” in Elizabeth Emery and Richard Utz, eds., Medievalism: Key Critical Terms, D. S. Brewer, 2014: 239-245.
Ellie Crookes, “The Second Coming of King Arthur: Conspirituality, Embodied Medievalism, and the Legacy of John F. Kennedy,” Arthuriana 31.1 (2021): 32-55.
Milo Kearney and Manuel Medrano, Medieval Culture and the Mexican American Borderlands, Texas A&M Press, 2001.
Robert Y. Rabiee, Medieval America: Feudalism and Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Culture, University of Georgia Press, 2020.
Cory James Rushton, “Canadian Grail,” The Year’s Work in Medievalism 23 (2009): 16-25.
Elizabeth R. Upton, “Nostalgia for a Past Futurism: the Main Street Electrical Parade,” American Music 39.2 (2021): 169-181.
Daniel Wollenberg, “The Battle of Tours and the US Southern Border,” Studies in Medievalism XXIX (2020): 21–30.
Susan Aronstein and Laurie Finke, “Cry George: Grounding English National Identity in the Age of Brexit,” Studies in Medievalism XXX, 2021.
Stephanie Barczewski, Myth and National Identity in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood, Oxford University Press, 2000.
Mary Behrman, “Angle-ing for Arthur: Erasing the Welsh in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” Studies in Medievalism XXIX, 2020.
Matthias Berger, “Roots and Beginnings: Medievalism and National Identity in Daniel Hannan’s ‘How We Invented Freedom and Why It Matters,’” in Ute Berns and Jolene Mathieson, eds., Anglistentag 2016 Hamburg: Proceedings of the Conference of the German Association for the Study of English 38 (2017): pp. 119-135.
Inga Bryden, Reinventing King Arthur: The Arthurian Legends in Victorian Culture, London: Routledge, 2016.
Haley E. Claxton, “The Knights of the Front: Medieval History’s Influence on Great War Propaganda,” Crossing Borders: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship 1.1 (2015).
Joshua Davies, “The Middle Ages as Property: Beowulf, Translation and The Ghosts of Nationalism,” Postmedieval 10.2 (2019): 137-150.
Joshua Davies, Visions and Ruins: Cultural Memory and the Untimely Middle Ages, Manchester University Press, 2018.
Andrew B. R. Elliott, “Medievalism, Brexit, and the Myth of Nations,” Studies in Medievalism XXIX (2020): 31–38.
John C. Ford, “‘Once More into the Breach!’: Allusions to Agincourt and the Medieval Past in Cross-Channel Political Reporting of Brexit,” Studies in Medievalism XXX, 2021.
Dustin M. Frazier Wood, Anglo-Saxonism and The Idea of Englishness in Eighteenth-Century Britain, D. S. Brewer, 2020.
Jonathan Hsy, “Translation Failure: The TARDIS, Cross-Temporal Language Contact, and Medieval Travel Narrative,” in The Language of Doctor Who: From Shakespeare to Alien Tongues, eds. Jason Barr and Camille D.G. Mustachio, Rowman & Littlefield, 2014: 109–123.
Christopher Jensen, “An Arthur for the Brexit Era: Joe Cornish’s The Kid Who Would Be King,” Studies in Medievalism XXIX (2020): 39-46.
Chris Jones, Fossil Poetry: Anglo-Saxon and Linguistic Nativism in Nineteenth-Century Poetry, Oxford University Press, 2018.
W. Mark Ormrod, “How Do We Find Out About Immigrants in Later Medieval England?” in Whose Middle Ages: Teachable Moments for an Ill-Used Past, Fordham University Press, 2019: 69-79.
Joanne Parker, “England’s Darling”: The Victorian Cult of Alfred the Great, Manchester University Press, 2017.
Clare Simmons, Popular Medievalism in Romantic-Era Britain, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Jeff Strabone, Poetry and British Nationalisms in the Bardic Eighteenth Century: Imagined Antiquities. New York: Palgrave, 2018.
Ethan Doyle White, “In Woden’s Shadow: Anglo-Saxonism, Paganism, and Politics in Modern England,” Studies in Medievalism XXX, 2021.
Western Europe (except UK)
Leticia Alvarez-Recio, “Provenance and Reception of Iberian Chivalric Books in English from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century: The Case of Anthony Munday’s Palmendos (1589),” Studies in Medievalism XXX, 2021.
Martin Arnold, “Myth,” in Elizabeth Emery and Richard Utz, eds., Medievalism: Key Critical Terms, D. S. Brewer, 2014: 165-172.
Matthias Berger, “The West Remembers (Its Premodern Self): Nation, Civilization, and the Insular Middle Ages in Game of Thrones,” Studies in Medievalism XXX, 2021.
Ellie Crookes, “At the Intersection of Medievalism, Celticism and Nationalism: Maud Gonne As ‘Ireland’s Joan of Arc’.” Irish Studies Review 29.1 (2021): 51-70.
Caitlin Ellis, “Remembering the Vikings: Ancestry, Cultural Memory and Geographical Variation.” History Compass 19.4 (2021).
Patrick Geary and Gábor Klaniczay, eds., Manufacturing Middle Ages: Entangled History of Medievalism in Nineteenth-Century Europe, Brill, 2013.
Juan Gomis, “Echoes from the Middle Ages: Tales of Chivalry, Romances, and Nation-Building in Spain (1750–1850),” Studies in Medievalism XXIV (2015): 93–114.
Kevin J. Harty, ed., The Vikings on Film: Essays on Depictions of the Nordic Middle Ages, McFarland, 2011.
Mark W. Hornburg and Fabian Link, “ ‘He Who Owns the Trifels, Owns the Reich”: Nazi Medievalism and the Creation of the Volksgemeinschaft in the Palatinate,” Central European History 49.2 (2016): 208-239.
Berit Kjærulff, “Romantic Regicide: Political Medievalism in Bournonville’s Erik Menveds Barndom,” Scandinavian Studies 92.1 (2020): 62–79.
Bernard Mees, “Germanische Sturmflut: From the Old Norse Twilight to the Fascist New Dawn,” Studia Neophilologica 78 (2006): 184–98.
Alicia C. Montoya, Medievalist Enlightenment from Charles Perrault to Jean-Jacques Rousseau, D. S. Brewer, 2013.
Galit Noga-Banai, “Rest in Gold: A Medieval-Like Memorial for German Soldiers at El Alamein,” Studies in Medievalism XXX, 2021.
Michael S. Richardson, Medievalism and Nationalism in German Opera: Euryanthe to Lohengrin, Routledge, 2021.
Zrinka Stahuljak, Pornographic Archaeology: Medicine, Medievalism, and the Invention of the French Nation, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013.
David A. Wacks, “Whose Spain Is It, Anyway?” in Whose Middle Ages: Teachable Moments for an Ill-Used Past, Fordham University Press, 2019: 181-195.