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Relics of the Tasmanian Gothic: Medieval Artefacts in Medievalist Australia


Brodie, ND, Relics of the Tasmanian Gothic: Medieval Artefacts in Medievalist Australia, Limina : a journal of historical and cultural studies, 19, (2) pp. 1-16. ISSN 1833-3419 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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This paper explores two objects in Tasmania and their relationships with Australian medievalism. One, a neo-gothic window, was later thought to be genuinely medieval. The other, apparently a Norman-era baptismal font, was only recently identified as being ancient. Through the way these items were treated and understood when installed and subsequently, this paper grapples with two main themes. Firstly, the possibility of confessional differences between Catholic and Anglican medievalist practices of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Secondly, the key problem of how Australian medievalism, generally held to be inspired and influenced by the absence of immediate medieval remains, understood and treated tangible medieval European artefacts in Australia.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Historical studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding past societies not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Brodie, ND (Dr Nicholas Brodie)
ID Code:91590
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2014-05-22
Last Modified:2015-04-13
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