Brantley Bryant's New Essay Tells Why the Middle Ages Still Resonate Today

brantleybryant.pngBrantley L. Bryant, Assistant Professor of English, has published a new article in a collection of essays. *Medieval Afterlives in Popular Culture* features work by an international group of scholars who examine medieval culture's lasting hold on the modern imagination.

The book is published in Palgrave Macmillan's critically acclaimed "New Middle Ages" series of scholarly volumes. Bryant's contribution, titled "H. P. Lovecraft's Unnamable Middle Ages," examines the hidden influence of the medieval world on popular
but controversial U. S. horror writer H. P. Lovecraft.

While researching for the essay, Bryant read extensively through Lovecraft's published criticism and correspondence to find medieval "afterlives" in the work of an author not usually connected with the Middle Ages.

The work continues Bryant's long-term interest in finding ways that medieval literature is surprisingly present and important for our contemporary world. Reviewing the collection,
Professor Stephanie Trigg of the University of Melbourne writes, "This collection is packed full of fresh insights and readings, and will become essential reading for students and researchers working in this field." The book will be available on Dec. 11.

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