This Senior Independent Study is an analysis of covers from a contemporary Neopagan magazine titled Harvest published between the years of 1980 and 1992. This study utilizes a close reading of both sources on Neopaganism and the practice of medievalism, along with the application of the methods of both content analysis and formal analysis. From these sources and the methods used to analyze the covers, I have pinpointed, or isolated, key themes and symbols that appear in the covers and their respective texts. I believe that through the appropriation of medieval motifs— understood through pop-culture, and archaeologic evidence—and various folklores, the illustrators at Harvest connect themselves to an ancient past within a modern context, creating a new, hybrid identity for their religion and its followers. This belief is verified through the symbolic approach to anthropology of Victor Turner, and the analysis of the iconography and iconology in the images as put forth by Erwin Panofsky. This is done in order to understand how contemporary Neopagans are using visual culture to define their identity, establish authenticity, build group solidarity, and communicate their religion to others. The overall purpose of my I.S. is to show, through the use of visual and literary evidence, the illustrators of this magazine wanted to establish a new identity for themselves, their religion, and their followers by using folklore and medieval imagery in modern contexts..
Art and Art History; Sociology and Anthropology
Caventer, Jennifer C., "A Neopagan Renaissance: Appropriation of Medieval Imagery and Pre-Christian Folklore in the Magazine Covers of Harvest" (2015). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 6654.
neopagan, neopaganism, wicca, medieval, middle age, medievalism
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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