The Medieval Hero on Screen

Author: Martha W. Driver
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786419261
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Few figures have captured Hollywood's and the public's imagination as completely as have medieval heroes. Cast as chivalric knight, warrior princess, "alpha male in tights," or an amalgamation, and as likely to appear in Hong Kong action flicks and spaghetti westerns as films set in the Middle Ages, the medieval hero on film serves many purposes. This collection of essays about the medieval hero on screen, contributed by scholars from a variety of disciplines, draws upon a wide range of movies and medieval texts. The essays are grouped into five sections, each with an introduction by the editors: an exploration of historic authenticity; heroic children and the lessons they convey to young viewers; medieval female heroes; the place of the hero's weapon in pop culture; and teaching the medieval movie in the classroom. Thirty-two film stills illustrate the work, and each essay includes notes, a filmography, and a bibliography. There is a foreword by Jonathan Rosenbaum, and an index is included.

The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination

Author: Paul B. Sturtevant
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 1786723573
Format: PDF, Kindle
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It is often assumed that those outside of academia know very little about the Middle Ages. But the truth is not so simple. Non-specialists in fact learn a great deal from the myriad medievalisms – post-medieval imaginings of the medieval world – that pervade our everyday culture. These, like Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones, offer compelling, if not necessarily accurate, visions of the medieval world. And more, they have an impact on the popular imagination, particularly since there are new medievalisms constantly being developed, synthesised and remade. But what does the public really know? How do the conflicting medievalisms they consume contribute to their knowledge? And why is this important? In this book, the first evidence-based exploration of the wider public’s understanding of the Middle Ages, Paul B. Sturtevant adapts sociological methods to answer these important questions. Based on extensive focus groups, the book details the ways – both formal and informal – that people learn about the medieval past and the many other ways that this informs, and even distorts, our present. In the process, Sturtevant also sheds light, in more general terms, onto the ways non-specialists learn about the past, and why understanding this is so important. The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination will be of interest to anyone working on medieval studies, medievalism, memory studies, medieval film studies, informal learning or public history.

Reflections on Medieval and Renaissance Thought

Author: Darci Hill
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443873764
Format: PDF
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The collection of articles gathered in this volume grew naturally and spontaneously out of the Second International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought hosted by Sam Houston State University in April 2016. This anthology reflects the diverse fields of study represented at the conference. The purpose of the conference, and consequently of this book of essays, is partially to establish a place for medieval and renaissance scholarship to thrive in our current intellectual landscape. This volume is not designed solely for scholars, but also for generalists who wish to augment their knowledge and appreciation of an array of disciplines; it is an intellectual smorgasbord of philosophy, poetry, drama, popular culture, linguistics, art, religion, and history.

Warrior Dreams

Author: David Hesse
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1847799175
Format: PDF, Docs
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At the beginning of the twenty-first century, thousands of adult Europeans regularly dress up as Scots. They march in kilted pipe and drum bands, toss tree trunks at Highland Games strength competitions, campaign for monuments to commemorate long-gone Scottish soldiers, even physically re-enact the Scottish past, in armour and belted plaid. Their largest festivals attract more than 20,000 people, and some of their more elaborate clubs and bands are recognised by Scottish clan chiefs. The Scotland that is on their minds is hardly ever modern Scotland, the place on the map. Rather, it is a fantasy of Scottish history, a neverland of clans, kilts, Celts, and bagpipes. It is the Scottish dreamscape - the ever-evolving set of tartan-chequered myths and images that continues to fascinate novelists, film-makers, and identity-seekers since at least the late eighteenth century. The 'Scots' of Europe do not usually claim to be Scottish - neither by birth, descent, or residence. Their performances are masquerades, and openly declared so. Unlike their cousins in North America and Australasia, the continental Highlanders rarely insist that their play-acting expresses an ethnic or ancestral identity. And yet: their masquerades are quests for roots, too. By impersonating the Scots, many of the European play-actors hope to reconnect with their Celtic, Nordic, or otherwise pre-modern heritage. They feel that their own customs, songs, games, and tribes have been lost to the forces of modernisation - but that some of it may have survived in the Scottish periphery. They approach Scotland as a site of memory. This is the first study of the self-professed 'Scots' of Europe. It traces the phenomenon's origins to popular re-enactments of the British military after the Second World War. It captures its scope at the beginning of the twenty-first century by making use of original fieldwork conducted in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, and Scotland. It explores issues of performance and celebration, memory and nostalgia, heritage and identity. This book should be of interest to specialists on Scottish history and myth, Scottish emigration and diaspora - as well as to anyone interested in the pleasure of being someone else.

Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture

Author: Gail Ashton
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 144116068X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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With contributions from 29 leading international scholars, this is the first single-volume guide to the appropriation of medieval texts in contemporary culture. Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture covers a comprehensive range of media, including literature, film, TV, comics book adaptations, electronic media, performances, and commercial merchandise and tourism. Its lively chapters range from Spamalot to the RSC, Beowulf to Merlin, computer games to internet memes, opera to Young Adult fiction and contemporary poetry, and much more. Also included is a companion website aimed at general readers, academics, and students interested in the burgeoning field of Medieval afterlives, complete with: - Further reading/weblinks - 'My favourite' guides to contemporary medieval appropriations - Images and interviews - Guide to library archives and manuscript collections - Guide to heritage collection See also our website at

Arthurian Animation

Author: Michael N. Salda
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476606145
Format: PDF, Mobi
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"This is an exploration of the potent blend of Arthurian legend, cartoon animation, and cultural and artistic trends from 1933 to the present day. In more than 170 theatrical and televised short cartoons, televised series and specials, and feature-length films; animators have repeatedly brought the Round Table to life on screens large and small"--

Medieval Film

Author: Anke Bernau
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719086472
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Medieval Film explores theoretical questions about the ideological, artistic, emotional, and financial investments inhering in cinematic renditions of the medieval period. What does it mean to create and watch a "medieval film"? What is a medieval film and why are they successful? This is the first work that attempts to answer these questions, drawing, for instance, on film theory, postcolonial theory, cultural studies, and the growing body of work on medievalism. Contributors investigate British, German, Italian, Australian, French, Swedish, and American film exploring topics such as translation, temporality, film noir, framing, and period film – and find the medieval lurking in unexpected corners. In addition, it provides in-depth studies of individual films from different countries including The Birth of a Nation to Nosferatu, and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Medieval Film will be of interest to medievalists working in disciplines including literature, history, and art history, to scholars working on film and in cultural studies. It will also be of interest to undergraduates, postgraduates, and to an informed enthusiast in film and/or medieval culture.

Cinematic Illuminations

Author: Laurie A. Finke
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN: 9780801893452
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Cinematic Illuminations offers medievalists, literary and cultural theorists, and film theorists and buffs a fresh approach to understanding how popular culture interprets and makes use of the past through the medium of film.