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Project B01

Artefacts, Treasures and Ruins – Materiality and Historicity in the Literature of the English Middle Ages

The project focuses on the special epistemic status of material objects in English medieval literature (c. 700–1500). Starting from the central hypothesis that specifically literary forms of representation are capable of contributing to a discourse that comments on, re-contextualises or imaginatively probes the limits of what constitutes materiality, the project examines how literary texts act as a means of imagining situations in which objects become part of networks that allow them to take part in exchanges with their environment, even up to the point where the objects themselves are invested with the ability of autonomous action.

A list of publications and events organized by the project can be accessed on the German CRC 980 website.