Anglo-Saxon England and the Visual Imagination

Essays in Anglo-Saxon Studies, Vol. 6

Anglo-Saxon England and the Visual Imagination

Edited by John D. Niles, Stacy S. Klein and Jonathan Wilcox
2016 | 336 pp. | 18 b/w + 32 color ills. | 978-0-86698-512-3 | Hardcover 6 x 9 in
MRTS 461 | $80 |

How did the Anglo-Saxons visualize the world that they inhabited? How did their artwork and iconography help to confirm their identity as a people? What influences shaped their visual imagination?

This volume brings together a wide range of scholarly perspectives on the role of visuality in the production of culture. Jewels, weapons, crosses, coins, and other artifacts; descriptive passages in literature; types of script; deluxe illuminated manuscripts; and runes and other written inscriptions, whether real or imagined — all receive scrutiny in this collection of new essays. Noteworthy for its interdisciplinary scope, the volume features arresting work by experts in archaeology, art history, literary studies, linguistics, numismatics, and manuscript studies. The volume as a whole demonstrates the power of current scholarship to cast light on the visual imagination of the past.

The following scholars have contributed essays to this collection:
Herbert R. Broderick, Lehman College, CUNY
Michelle P. Brown, University of London
Helen Foxhall Forbes, University of Durham
Anna Gannon, University of Cambridge
Matthew T. Hussey, Simon Fraser University
Rory Naismith, King’s College London
Brian O’Camb, Indiana University Northwest
Karin Olsen, University of Groningen
Annina Seiler, University of Zurich
Leslie Webster, The British Museum