The Medieval Hero on Screen

Author: Martha W. Driver
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786419261
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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
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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.

Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture

Author: Gail Ashton
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 144116068X
Format: PDF, 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

Medieval Cultural Studies

Author: Ruth Evans
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The first book-length study of medieval culture, this remarkable overview examines recent developments and research in the field of medieval studies, spotlighting the Robin Hood tradition, Chaucer, romance, and medievalist crime fiction. Subjects are addressed with a cultural studies slant, yet also invoke the broad spirit of the work that is now being undertaken in departments in the U.S., Australia, and Britain. Published in recognition of Stephen Knight, a professor of English literature at Cardiff University who has pioneered work in this area, a distinguished group of contributors from Australia, America, England, and Wales, give testament to Stephen Knight’s diverse teaching and research experiences.

Medieval film

Author: Anke Bernau
Publisher: Manchester Univ Pr
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This title explores theoretical questions about the ideological, artistic, emotional and financial investments in cinematic renditions of the medieval period.

Fantasy Cinema

Author: David Butler
Publisher: Wallflower Press
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"Often dismissed as simple tales of sword and sorcery, fantasy is one of the fundamental impulses in filmmaking, a source of some of the most vivid and memorable films ever made that reaches far beyond the confines of a single genre. As well as some of the major genres, stylistic approaches and exponents of cinematic fantasy, from Georges Melies, Walt Disney, and Andrei Tarkovsky to contemporary fantasists such as Terry Gilliam and Peter Jackson. This volume focuses on fantasy's social function with case studies including The Thief of Baghdad (1924), Excalibur (1981), the Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03), and Bruce Almighty (2003). and interpretations. Taking in the popular and the experimental, subversive desires and reactionary dreams, this book is an engaging introduction to one of the vital energies in cinema." -- Book cover.