The Medieval Hero on Screen : Representations from Beowulf to Buffy
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.
- Paperback | 276 pages
- 151.38 x 230.12 x 16.26mm | 385.55g
- 01 Jul 2004
- McFarland & Co Inc
- Jefferson, NC, United States
- Photographs, filmographies
"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.
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.