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New Materialism and the Multicultural Middle Ages
In this episode of The Multicultural Middle Ages podcast, T. Liam Waters (UC Berkeley) and Ana C. Núñez (Stanford) use New Materialism as a disciplinary approach to the Middle Ages, exploring the connections between medieval cultures, times, and places.
The Armored Body as Trophy: The Problem of the Roman Subject in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and Coriolanus

The treatment of the military subject in Shakespeare’s Roman plays complicates early modern cultural understandings of the material aspects of militant nostalgia. Shakespeare inherits a partial and objectified Roman military figure linked to trophies and armor, and this figure negotiates the early modern English playgoer's relationship to his glorious, unattainable Roman past.