Terkla’s book on the Bayeux Tapestry is published

It’s been two years in the making, but a book on the Bayeux Tapestry that Professor Dan Terkla co-edited with several colleagues finally arrives on August 20.

The Bayeux Tapestry: New Interpretations features 11 news essays on the most famous medieval tapestry, along with an introduction and selective bibliography. Dan and his co-editors, Martin Foys (Assoc. Professor of English, Hood College, and Visiting Professor of English, Drew University) and Karen Eileen Overbey (Asst. Professor of Art History at Tufts University), feature critical essays that demonstrate the value of more recent interpretive approaches to this famous and iconic artifact by examining the textile’s materiality, visuality, reception and historiography, and its construction of gender, territory and cultural memory. According to a press release from Boydell & Brewer, the essays “frame discussions vital to the future of Tapestry scholarship and are complemented by a bibliography covering three centuries of critical writings.”

In addition to co-editing the book and compiling the bibliography, Dan also contributed an essay on “From Hasting to Hastings and Beyond: Inexorable Inevitability on the Bayeux Tapestry.” Other essays included are “Problematizing Patronage: Odo of Bayeux and the Bayeux Tapestry (Elizabeth Carson Pastan and Stephen D. White), “Auctoritas, Consilium et Auxilium: Images of Authority in the Bayeux Tapestry” (Shirley Ann Brown), “Taking Place: Reliquaries and Territorial Authority in the Bayeux Embroidery” (Overbey), “On the Nature of Things in the Bayeux Tapestry and its World” (Valerie Allen), “Making Sounds Visible in the Bayeux Tapestry” (Richard Brilliant), “Anglo-Saxon Women, Norman Knights and a ‘Third Sex’ in the Bayeux Embroidery” (Madeline H. Caviness), “Behind the Bayeux Tapestry” (Gale R. Owen-Crocker), “Embroidery Errors in the Bayeux Tapestry and Their Relevance for Understanding Its Design and Production” (Michael Lewis), and “Pulling the Arrow Out: The Legend of Harold’s Death and the Bayeux Tapestry” (Foys).

The 248-page book comes with 45 illustrations, 34 of them in color, and is selling on amazon.com for $59.85.

Dan is a recognized expert on the Bayeux Tapestry. He was invited to co-organize “The BT @ the BM: New Research on the Bayeux Tapestry: An International Conference at the British Museum” in July of 2008, and he co-organized a conference on the Tapestry for the International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds, England. A frequent nominee for Student Senate Professor of the Year, Dan joined the IWU English department in 1995.

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