Cinematic Illuminations The Middle Ages on Film

ISBN-10: 0801893453
ISBN-13: 9780801893452
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 11/4/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

This engaging new study analyzes cinematic treatments of the Middle Ages within a diverse range of popular and artistic films.At a time when students have more experience with watching movies than with reading and evaluating literature and history, Cinematic Illuminations harnesses the power of popular culture to make accessible a period that often seems forbidding and remote. From The Seventh Seal and The Lion in Winter to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the authors examine the ways in which the twentieth century has reimagined medieval times. Such analysis brings to life for students the literature, poetry, history, and art of the Middle Ages.Drawing from current critical approaches to both medieval and film studies, Laurie A. Finke and Martin B. Shichtman focus on two main issues of historical film. First is the inherent tension between the artifice required by film to create historical reality and the accuracy central to claims of history. Second are the ways iconography and filming conventions rewrite our understanding of the historical period portrayed in the film. In this case, the authors ask, how do contemporary representations of the Middle Ages influence cultural fantasies about our own time? Their detailed and accessible readings reveal just how strongly medieval history continues to resonate with modern audiences.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.

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Theory and Methods of Cinematic Medievalism
Traversing the Fantasy: Screening the Middle Ages
Signs of the Medieval: A Sociological Stylistics of Film
Celluloid History: Cinematic Fidelity and Infidelity
The Politics of Cinematic Medievalism
Mirror of Princes: Representations of Political Authority in Medieval Films
The Politics of Hagiography: Joan of Arc on the Screen
The Hagiography of Politics: Mourning in America
The Crusades: War of the Cross or God's Own Bloodbath?
Cinematic Medievalism and the Anxieties of Modernity
Looking Awry at the Grail: Mourning Becomes Modernity
Apocalyptic Medievalism: Rape and Disease as Figures of Social Anomie
Forever Young: The Teen Middle Ages
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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