The essays in this issue are drawn from two sessions on “Active Objects” sponsored by the Material Collective at the 2012 International Congress of Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo: “Optics and Transparency” and “Agency and Phenomenology.” The papers all consider ways in which medieval objects had agency; that is, how they acted upon viewers and shaped response.
Karen Eileen Overbey & Benjamin C. Tilghman. Active Objects: An Introduction • Available in PDF • Web
Joseph Salvatore Ackley, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University: Copper-alloy Substrates in Precious Metal Treasury Objects: Concealed and Yet Excessive • Available in PDF • Web
Benjamin C. Tilghman, Lawrence University: On the Enigmatic Nature of Things in Anglo-Saxon Art • Available in PDF • Web
Genevra Kornbluth, Independent Scholar: Active Optics: Carolingian Rock Crystal on Medieval Reliquaries • Available in PDF • Web
Alexa Sand, Utah State University: Materia Meditandi: Haptic Perception and Some Parisian Ivories of the Virgin and Child, ca. 1300 • Available in PDF • Web
Beatrice Kitzinger, Stanford University: The Instrumental Cross and the Use of the Gospel Book Troyes, Bibliothèque Municipale MS 960 • Available in PDF • Web
Anne F. Harris, DePauw University, Of Liturgical Straws and Spiritual Breadboxes: a review of Caroline Walker Bynum, Christian Materiality: An Essay on Religion in Late Medieval Europe (New York: Zone Books, 2011) and Mary Carruthers, The Experience of Beauty in the Middle Ages (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013) • Available in PDF • Web