Pdf ebook: The Medieval Hero on Screen

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Summary: Few figures have captured Hollywood’s and the public’s imagination as completely as have medieval heroes. Cast as chivalric knight, warrior princess,

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  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 0786427035
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Number of Pages: 276
  • Language: English
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Description: 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. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.


Pdf ebook: The Medieval Motion Picture

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Summary: Providing new and challenging ways of understanding the medieval in the modern and vice versa, this volume highlights how medieval aesthetic experience bre

  • Author : A. Johnston,M. Rouse,Philipp Hinz
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1137074248
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Number of Pages: 233
  • Language: English
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Description: Providing new and challenging ways of understanding the medieval in the modern and vice versa, this volume highlights how medieval aesthetic experience breathes life into contemporary cinema. Engaging with the subject of time and temporality, the essays examine the politics of adaptation and our contemporary entanglement with the medieval.


Pdf ebook: Gale Researcher Guide for: Modern Medievalisms: The Fantasy Hero and Heroine on Screen and in Young Adult Fiction

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Summary: Gale Researcher Guide for: Modern Medievalisms: The Fantasy Hero and Heroine on Screen and in Young Adult Fiction is selected from Gale's academic platform

  • Author : Angela Jane Weisl
  • Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning
  • ISBN: 1535852070
  • Genre: Study Aids
  • Number of Pages: 10
  • Language: English
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Description: Gale Researcher Guide for: Modern Medievalisms: The Fantasy Hero and Heroine on Screen and in Young Adult Fiction is selected from Gale's academic platform Gale Researcher. These study guides provide peer-reviewed articles that allow students early success in finding scholarly materials and to gain the confidence and vocabulary needed to pursue deeper research.


Pdf ebook: The Middle Ages on Television

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Summary: The 21st century has seen a resurgence of popular interest in the Middle Ages. Television in particular has presented a wide and diverse array of “mediev

  • Author : Meriem Pagès,Karolyn Kinane
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 1476620091
  • Genre: History
  • Number of Pages: 228
  • Language: English
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Description: The 21st century has seen a resurgence of popular interest in the Middle Ages. Television in particular has presented a wide and diverse array of “medieval” offerings. Yet there exists little scholarship on television medievalism. This collection fills the gap with 10 new essays focusing on the depiction of the Middle Ages in popular culture and questioning the role of television in shaping our ideas about past and present. The contributors emphasize the need for scholars of medievalism to pay attention to its manifestations on the small screen. The essays cover quite a range of topics, including genre, gender and sexuality. The series covered are Game of Thrones, Merlin, Full Metal Jousting, Joan of Arcadia, Tudors, Camelot and Mists of Avalon. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.


Pdf ebook: The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination

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Summary: 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

  • Author : Paul B. Sturtevant
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1786733579
  • Genre: History
  • Number of Pages: 320
  • Language: English
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Description: 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.


Pdf ebook: Reflections on Medieval and Renaissance Thought

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Summary: The collection of articles gathered in this volume grew naturally and spontaneously out of the Second International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance

  • Author : Darci Hill
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • ISBN: 1443873764
  • Genre: Art
  • Number of Pages: 200
  • Language: English
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Description: 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.


Pdf ebook: Beowulf

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Summary: Of unknown authorship, Beowulf is an Old English epic poem which incites contentious debate and has been endlessly interpreted over the centuries. This Rea

  • Author : Jodi-Anne George
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1350310069
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Number of Pages: 192
  • Language: English
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Description: Of unknown authorship, Beowulf is an Old English epic poem which incites contentious debate and has been endlessly interpreted over the centuries. This Reader's Guide provides a much-needed overview of the large body of Beowulf criticism, moving from 18th century reactions to 21st century responses. Jodi-Ann George: - Charts the changes in critical trends and theoretical approaches applied to the poem. - Includes discussion of J. R. R. Tolkein's pioneering 1936 lecture on Beowulf , and Seamus Heaney's recent translation. - Analyses Beowulf in popular culture, addressing the poem's life in film versions, graphic novels, music and comics. Clear and engaging, this is an indispensable introductory guide to a widely-studied and enigmatic work which continues to fascinate readers everywhere.


Pdf ebook: Music in Films on the Middle Ages

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Summary: This book explores the role of music in the some five hundred feature-length films on the Middle Ages produced between the late 1890s and the present day.

  • Author : John Haines
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135927766
  • Genre: Music
  • Number of Pages: 230
  • Language: English
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Description: This book explores the role of music in the some five hundred feature-length films on the Middle Ages produced between the late 1890s and the present day. Haines focuses on the tension in these films between the surviving evidence for medieval music and the idiomatic tradition of cinematic music. The latter is taken broadly as any musical sound occurring in a film, from the clang of a bell off-screen to a minstrel singing his song. Medieval film music must be considered in the broader historical context of pre-cinematic medievalisms and of medievalist cinema’s main development in the course of the twentieth century as an American appropriation of European culture. The book treats six pervasive moments that define the genre of medieval film: the church-tower bell, the trumpet fanfare or horn call, the music of banquets and courts, the singing minstrel, performances of Gregorian chant, and the music that accompanies horse-riding knights, with each chapter visiting representative films as case studies. These six signal musical moments, that create a fundamental visual-aural core central to making a film feel medieval to modern audiences, originate in medievalist works predating cinema by some three centuries.


Pdf ebook: Race, Class, and Gender in "Medieval" Cinema

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Summary: The medieval film genre is not, in general, concerned with constructing a historically accurate past, but much analysis nonetheless centers on highlighting

  • Author : L. Ramey,T. Pugh
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 0230603564
  • Genre: History
  • Number of Pages: 228
  • Language: English
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Description: The medieval film genre is not, in general, concerned with constructing a historically accurate past, but much analysis nonetheless centers on highlighting anachronisms. This book aims to help scholars and aficionados of medieval film think about how the re-creation of an often mythical past performs important cultural work for modern directors and viewers. The essays in this collection demonstrate that directors intentionally insert modern preoccupations into a setting that would normally be considered incompatible with these concepts. The Middle Ages provide an imaginary space far enough removed from the present day to explore modern preoccupations with human identity.


Pdf ebook: From Camelot to Spamalot

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Summary: For centuries, Arthurian legend has captured imaginations throughout Europe and the Americas with its tales of Camelot, romance, and chivalry. The ever-shi

  • Author : Megan Woller
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0197511058
  • Genre: Music
  • Number of Pages: 256
  • Language: English
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Description: For centuries, Arthurian legend has captured imaginations throughout Europe and the Americas with its tales of Camelot, romance, and chivalry. The ever-shifting, age-old tale of King Arthur and his world is one which depends on retellings for its endurance in the cultural imagination. Using adaptation theory as a framework, From Camelot to Spamalot foregrounds the role of music in selected Arthurian adaptations, examining six stage and film musicals. The book considers how musical versions in twentieth and twenty-first century popular culture interpret the legend of King Arthur, contending that music guides the audience to understand this well-known tale and its characters in new and unexpected ways. All of the productions considered include an overtly modern perspective on the legend, intruding and even commenting on the tale of King Arthur. Shifting from an idealistic utopia to a silly place, the myriad notions of Camelot offer a look at the importance of myth in American popular culture. Author Megan Woller's approach, rooted in the literary theory of scholars like Linda Hutcheon, highlights the intertextual connections between chosen works and Arthurian legend. In so doing, From Camelot to Spamalot intersects with and provides a timely contribution to several different fields of study, from adaptation studies and musical theater studies to film studies and Arthurian studies.


Pdf ebook: Remaking the Middle Ages

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Summary: Proposing a fresh theoretical approach to the study of cinematic portrayals of the Middle Ages, this book uses both semiotics and historiography to demonst

  • Author : Andrew B.R. Elliott
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 0786461764
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Number of Pages: 286
  • Language: English
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Description: Proposing a fresh theoretical approach to the study of cinematic portrayals of the Middle Ages, this book uses both semiotics and historiography to demonstrate how contemporary filmmakers have attempted to recreate the past in a way that, while largely imagined, is also logical, meaningful, and as truthful as possible. Carrying out this critical approach, the author analyzes a wide range of films depicting the Middle Ages, arguing that most of these films either reflect the past through a series of visual signs (a concept he has called "iconic recreation") or by comparing the past to a modern equivalent (called "paradigmatic representation").


Pdf ebook: Medieval Literature: The Basics

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Summary: Medieval Literature: The Basics is an engaging introduction to this fascinating body of literature. The volume breaks down the variety of genres used in th

  • Author : Angela Jane Weisl,Anthony Joseph Cunder
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317210638
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Number of Pages: 170
  • Language: English
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Description: Medieval Literature: The Basics is an engaging introduction to this fascinating body of literature. The volume breaks down the variety of genres used in the corpus of medieval literature and makes these texts accessible to readers. It engages with the familiarities present in the narratives and connects these ideas with a contemporary, twenty-first century audience. The volume also addresses contemporary medievalism to show the presence of medieval literature in contemporary culture, such as film, television, games, and novels. From Dante and Chaucer to Christine de Pisan, this book deals with questions such as: What is medieval literature? What are some of the key topics and genres of medieval literature? How did it evolve as technology, such as the printing press, developed? How has it remained relevant in the twenty-first century? Medieval Literature: The Basics is an ideal introduction for students coming to the subject for the first time, while also acting as a springboard from which deeper interaction with medieval literature can be developed.


Pdf ebook: Medieval Imaginaries in Tourism, Heritage and the Media

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Summary: This book examines the pervading influence of medieval culture, through an exploration of the intersections between tourism, heritage, and imaginaries of t

  • Author : Jennifer Frost,Warwick Frost
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 0429655339
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Number of Pages: 262
  • Language: English
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Description: This book examines the pervading influence of medieval culture, through an exploration of the intersections between tourism, heritage, and imaginaries of the medieval in the media. Drawing on examples from tourist destinations, heritage sites, fictional literature, television and cinema, the book illustrates how the medieval period has consistently captured the imagination of audiences and has been reinvented for contemporary tastes. Chapters present a range of international examples, from nineteenth century Victorian notions of chivalry, knights in shining armour exemplified by King Arthur, and damsels in distress, to the imagining of the Japanese samurai as medieval knights. Other topics explored include the changing representations of medieval women, the Crusades and the Vikings, and the challenges faced by medieval cathedrals to survive economically and socially. This book offers multidisciplinary perspectives and will appeal to scholars and students across a variety of disciplines such as cultural studies, history, tourism, heritage studies, historical geography and sociology.


Pdf ebook: The Medieval Filmscape

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Summary: This book is an attempt at defining the genre of medieval film by describing its features and analyzing its effects and their significance, there being few

  • Author : William F. Woods
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 1476613419
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Number of Pages: 212
  • Language: English
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Description: This book is an attempt at defining the genre of medieval film by describing its features and analyzing its effects and their significance, there being few works presently available that work toward such definition. There are three parts: the introduction enters the medieval film world, describing its typical features and showing how they create a convincing sense of its time; three short chapters discuss authenticity, simplicity and spectacle—the roots of film medievalism; and six longer chapters comment on individual films. Works are discussed that extend the reach of the genre, such as Dreyer’s La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc with its emotional range, or Bergman’s Seventh Seal, which creates a universal symbolism. The author describes what goes into a medieval film and how it affects its audience, while offering suggestions about why its themes are meaningful to us.


Pdf ebook: History on Film/Film on History

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Summary: History on Film/Film on History has established itself as a classic treatise on the historical film and its role in bringing the past to life. In the third

  • Author : Robert A. Rosenstone
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351625683
  • Genre: History
  • Number of Pages: 176
  • Language: English
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Description: History on Film/Film on History has established itself as a classic treatise on the historical film and its role in bringing the past to life. In the third edition of this widely acclaimed text, Robert A. Rosenstone argues that to leave history films out of the discussion of the meaning of the past is to ignore a major means of understanding historical events. This book examines what history films convey about the past and how they convey it, demonstrating the need to learn how to read and understand this new visual world and integrating detailed analysis of films such as Schindler’s List, Glory, October, and Reds. Advocating for the dramatic feature as a legitimate way of doing history, this edition includes a new introduction, a revised final chapter, a new epilogue that discusses recent history films such as Selma and The Imitation Game, and an extensive and updated guide to further reading. Examining the codes and conventions of how these films tell us about the past and providing guidance on how to effectively analyse films as historical interpretations, this book is an essential introduction to the field for students of history and film.


Pdf ebook: Handbook of Medieval Studies

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Summary: This interdisciplinary handbook provides extensive information about research in medieval studies and its most important results over the last decades. The

  • Author : Albrecht Classen
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
  • ISBN: 3110215586
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Number of Pages: 2849
  • Language: English
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Description: This interdisciplinary handbook provides extensive information about research in medieval studies and its most important results over the last decades. The handbook is a reference work which enables the readers to quickly and purposely gain insight into the important research discussions and to inform themselves about the current status of research in the field. The handbook consists of four parts. The first, large section offers articles on all of the main disciplines and discussions of the field. The second section presents articles on the key concepts of modern medieval studies and the debates therein. The third section is a lexicon of the most important text genres of the Middle Ages. The fourth section provides an international bio-bibliographical lexicon of the most prominent medievalists in all disciplines. A comprehensive bibliography rounds off the compendium. The result is a reference work which exhaustively documents the current status of research in medieval studies and brings the disciplines and experts of the field together.


Pdf ebook: Beowulf on Film

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Summary: Why did the most read work in English literature go without cinematic adaptation for so long? And why did five major film treatments appear between 1999 an

  • Author : Nickolas Haydock,E.L. Risden
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 147660617X
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Number of Pages: 220
  • Language: English
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Description: Why did the most read work in English literature go without cinematic adaptation for so long? And why did five major film treatments appear between 1999 and 2008? This book explores the growing number of films based on the Old English epic poem Beowulf, and furthers the ongoing consideration of filmic medievalism. Will the powerful influence of cinema affect the future reception of this great cultural, linguistic and inherently visual work? The films inevitably sway away from not only the story but also from the themes and concerns of the original to those more interesting to the filmmakers—or responsive to the zeitgeist. They measure the pulse of our inherited notions of heroism and teach us more about our own times than about the epic from which they derive.


Pdf ebook: Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England

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Summary: Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England is an international volume published annually. Each volume contains essays and studies by critics and cultural hi

  • Author : S. P. Cerasano,Heather Anne Hirschfeld
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
  • ISBN: 9780838641194
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Number of Pages: 348
  • Language: English
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Description: Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England is an international volume published annually. Each volume contains essays and studies by critics and cultural historians from both hemispheres as well as substantial reviews of books and essays dealing with medieval and early modern English drama before 1642. Volume 19 reflects a variety of scholarly interests. The collection opens with two essays - each exploring different aspects of John Webster and James Shirley - that further our understanding of attribution studies. One essay - on the ownership of the Bell Savage Playhouse - showcases MaRDiE's ongoing interest in early playhouses, while another - on Marston's Entertainment at Ashby - addresses performance history. Two further essays discuss issues related to stage costuming. Issues of actual identity are raised in an essay concerning John Lyly's biography, while two other authors probe the complex connections between drama and economics. William Rowley's All Lost by Lust becomes the centerpiece for a reassessment of rape tragedy. S. P. Cerasano is the Edgar W. B. Fairchild Professor of Literature at Colgate University.


Pdf ebook: Medieval Art and the Look of Silent Film

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Summary:  The heyday of silent film soon became quaint with the arrival of “talkies.” As early as 1929, critics and historians were writing of the period as

  • Author : Lora Ann Sigler
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 1476634416
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Number of Pages: 235
  • Language: English
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Description:  The heyday of silent film soon became quaint with the arrival of “talkies.” As early as 1929, critics and historians were writing of the period as though it were the distant past. Much of the literature on the silent era focuses on its filmic art—ambiance and psychological depth, the splendor of the sets and costumes—yet overlooks the inspiration behind these. This book explores the Middle Ages as the prevailing influence on costume and set design in silent film and a force in fashion and architecture of the era. In the wake of World War I, designers overthrew the artifice of prewar style and manners and drew upon what seemed a nobler, purer age to create an ambiance that reflected higher ideals.


Pdf ebook: Shakespeare and the Middle Ages

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Summary: Every generation reinvents Shakespeare for its own needs, imagining through its particular choices and emphases the Shakespeare that it values. The man him

  • Author : Martha W. Driver,Sid Ray
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 0786491655
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Number of Pages: 284
  • Language: English
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Description: Every generation reinvents Shakespeare for its own needs, imagining through its particular choices and emphases the Shakespeare that it values. The man himself was deeply involved in his own kind of historical reimagining. This collection of essays examines the playwright’s medieval sources and inspiration, and how they shaped his works. With a foreword by Michael Almereyda (director of the Hamlet starring Ethan Hawke) and dramaturge Dakin Matthews, these thirteen essays analyze the ways in which our modern understanding of medieval life has been influenced by our appreciation of Shakespeare’s plays.