The Medieval Hero on Screen

The Medieval Hero on Screen : Representations from Beowulf to Buffy

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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 film, contributed by scholars from a variety of disciplines, draws upon a wide range of films 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 151.38 x 230.12 x 16.26mm | 385.55g
  • Jefferson, NC, United States
  • English
  • Photographs, filmographies
  • 0786419261
  • 9780786419265
  • 1,195,177

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"compelling and insightful...carefully reasoned and well written...intelligent...well illustrated...excellent...highly recommended"--Choice; "impressive collection..thought-provoking and insightful...a welcome addition"--Arthuriana; "encapsulates the sense of lively enquiry and debate that makes this book worthwhile"--Journal of American Studies; "wonderful suggestions for teaching the medieval movie"--The Historical Novels Review.
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About Jonathan Rosenbaum

Martha W. Driver is distinguished professor of English and women's and gender studies at Pace University. Sid Ray is a professor of English and women's and gender studies at Pace University.
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