When ego was imago

BEDOS-REZAK Brigitte Miriam

When ego was imago : signs of identity in the Middle Ages

Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2011, XXIX-295 p.

Collection Visualing the Middle Ages ; 3

ISBN 978-90-04-19217-7

EUR 815

Résumé éditeur :

Twelfth-century individuals negotiated personal relationships along a continuum connecting rather than polarizing immediacy and mediated representation. Their markers of individuation, signs of identity and media of communication thus evidence practical engagement with contemporary medieval sign theory and perceptions of reality. In this study, the relevance, of modern theory for the interpretation of medieval artifacts is shown to depend upon the parallel existence of theorical activity by the producers and users of such artifacts. In the cultural landscape of the central Middle Ages, the axes of iconicity, semantics and materiality traced by charters, seals, and by both concrete and metaphorical images of the imprint, dynamically shaped the boundaries within which a sense of self was formulated, modulated, experienced, and enacted.

Brigitte Miriam Bedos-Rezak, professor of history, New York University, has published extensively on medieval seals as conceptual tools, markers of identity, and social agents, including Form as Order in Medieval France (Aldershot, 1993), and “Medieval Identity” (American historical review, 2000)

Axe de recherches :

  • Équipe 1 – Histoire de l’art : formes, dynamiques, interprétation

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