that you would not attempt to defend my mediaevalisms
, which were absurd, but rather say that there was enough good in the works to give assurance that these were merely superficial.
And what is still less defensible, by God, is the mediaevalism
of our present approach; the endless reprinting, with superstitious reverence, of books like Lenin's Materialism, without the slightest attempt to develop Marxism, to use it as a science instead of a revelation from Heaven
It shows, depending on your viewpoint, either that Yahweh endorsed the new Jewish State, or that the secular socialist values of Israel's founding fathers were more than a match for the chaotic mediaevalism
of the loose Arab coalition which threatened it.
Like Kirsch's The Passions of Shakespeare's Tragic Heroes, this is an "old-fashioned book" insofar as its discursive frame of reference for the culture, ideas, and preoccupations of Shakespeare and his contemporaries looks to the past, drawing upon the texts of antiquity and late mediaevalism
rather than the socio-political conditions and the philosophical ferment which appeal to new historicists, cultural materialists and deconstructionists in their quest for the sensibility and experience which formed the early modem period.
He did not at that time see that mediaevalism
was as dead as a fern-leaf in a lump of coal; that other developments were shaping in the world around him, in which Gothic architecture and its associations had no place.