Received Medievalisms: A Cognitive Geography of Viennese Women's Convents

Hardcover | June 13, 2013

byCynthia J. Cyrus

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This study examines the post-medieval reception of Vienna's women's monastic institutions as historical icons of the medieval past. Over time, the eight major women's convents of Vienna become linked in the popular mind with the broader mythology of "Alt-Wien," the old Vienna. Accounts of the city in geographical materials of the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries - maps and panoramas, topographies, travel literature, and Vienna-centric folktale collections - frequently allude to the convents' former identities at the expense of their ongoing presence as active female religious establishments. By teasing out the way people think about the physical and historical place such women's institutions held in this important urban and political center, Received Medievalisms provides a new picture of the ways in which the medieval shapes later understandings of women's role and agency within the city.

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This study examines the post-medieval reception of Vienna's women's monastic institutions as historical icons of the medieval past. Over time, the eight major women's convents of Vienna become linked in the popular mind with the broader mythology of "Alt-Wien," the old Vienna. Accounts of the city in geographical materials of the fifte...

Cynthia Cyrus is Professor of Musicology and affiliated faculty in Women's and Gender Studies at Vanderbilt University, USA, where she also serves as Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education. Her recent books include The Scribes for Women's Convents in Late Medieval Germany and two co-edited collections, Music Education in the Mi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:268 pages, 9.67 × 5.67 × 0.83 inPublished:June 13, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Setting the Stage
2. Mine's Taller: On Steeple Distortions in City Depictions
3. Mental Topography and the Viennese Medieval Past
4. Foundation Stories: The Heroes of Viennese Monasticism
5. Virgin Intercessor and Other Monastic Miracles
6. The Persistence of the Medieval
Appendix 1: Views of Vienna: Selected Panoramas, Plans, and Pictorial Reports
Appendix 2: Vienna in Prose: Selected Histories, Topographies, and Travelogues

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"Received Medievalisms is a remarkable book - remarkable in its temporal and disciplinary scope, remarkable in its creative methodological approach, and remarkable in its fascinating arguments. Cynthia J. Cyrus brings to bear a serious depth of learning and an astute, deft critical sensibility in demonstrating the significance of women's convents, and of the versions of the Middle Ages they carry with them, in Viennese culture from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries." - Nancy Bradley Warren, Professor and Head, Department of English, Texas A&M University