History of Art


IAS Book Launch: Derek Jarman's Medieval Modern

25 May 2018, 6pm

Location: IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building

Robert Mills - Derek Jarman's Medieval Modern

Please join us for this IAS Book Launch for Derek Jarman's Medieval Modern by Robert Mills (UCL History of Art). The event will feature the author in conversation with Mark Turner (English Department, King's College London).

Derek Jarman had a lifelong appreciation of medieval culture. Derek Jarman's Medieval Modern is the first book to explore those interests. Taking in Jarman's major features, as well as unrealised screenplays and short experimental films, the book considers Jarman's engagement with medieval poetry; with saints and mystics from Joan of Arc to Julian of Norwich; and with numerous paintings, buildings and objects from this so-called 'middle' time. Organised around several key themes - periodisation, anachronism, ruins and wandering - the book also asks what happens when (with Jarman, but also more broadly) we think the categories 'medieval' and 'modern' together.