Artefacts, Treasures and Ruins – Materiality and Historicity in the Literature of the English Middle Ages
The project investigates how English medieval texts highlight material objects as deeply entangled in networks of complex relationships. Such networks emerge through specific forms of literary representation and are constructed in both spatial and temporal terms. The project’s main focus lies on the temporal processes that render visible the transformations and re-connotations that occur within these networks. The primarily fictional objects involved in these processes are frequently highlighted as nodes connecting macro- and micro-constellations of knowledge as well as the temporalities associated with these constellations.