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The Medieval Hero On Screen

Author : Martha W. Driver
ISBN : 9780786419265
Genre : Performing Arts
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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
ISBN : 9781786723574
Genre : History
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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
ISBN : 9781443873765
Genre : Art
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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.

The Encyclopedia Of Epic Films

Author : Constantine Santas
ISBN : 9780810882485
Genre : Performing Arts
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This resource contains reviews of every major production considered to be an epic film. Entries consider the characteristics of what makes an epic, including length, structure, spectacular special effects, and themes involving heroic figures and storylines relating episodes essential to the history of a race or nation. Major Hollywood and European productions from the silent era to the present day are covered. Arranged alphabetically by title, each main entry contains a synopsis of the film, principal production information, and a critical analysis.

Medieval Afterlives In Contemporary Culture

Author : Gail Ashton
ISBN : 9781441160683
Genre : Literary Criticism
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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

Journal Of The Early Book Society For The Study Of Manuscripts And Printing History

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ISBN : 0944473768
Genre : Books
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Journal of the Early Book Society for Manuscripts and Printing History contains articles, reviews, and notes on libraries and collections by internationally renowned scholars.


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ISBN : UCSC:32106018289618
Genre : Academic libraries
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Medieval Cultural Studies

Author : Ruth Evans
ISBN : UOM:39015064867198
Genre : Social Science
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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.

Fantasy Cinema

Author : David Butler
ISBN : PSU:000067809554
Genre : Literary Criticism
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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.

Medieval Film

Author : Anke Bernau
ISBN : UOM:39015084105231
Genre : History
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This title explores theoretical questions about the ideological, artistic, emotional and financial investments in cinematic renditions of the medieval period.

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