Film and fiction : reviewing the Middle Ages

edited by Tom Shippey with Martin Arnold, associate editor

The middle ages provide the material for mass-market films, for historical and fantasy fiction, for political propaganda and claims of legitimacy, and these in their turn exert a force well outside academia. The phenomenon is too important to be left unscrutinised: these essays show the continuing power and applicability of medieval images - and also, it must be said, their dangerousness and often their falsity. Of the ten essays in this volume, several examine modern movies, including the highly-successful "A Knight's Tale" (Chaucer as a PR agent) and the much-derided "First Knight" (the Round Table fights the Gulf War). Others deal with the appropriation of history and literature by a variety of interested parties: King Alfred press-ganged for the Royal Navy and the burghers of Winchester in 1901, William Langland discovered as a prophet of future Socialism, Chaucer at once venerated and tidied into New England respectability. Vikings, Normans and Saxons are claimed as forebears and disowned as losers in works as complex as Rider Haggard's "Eric Brighteyes", at once neo-saga and anti-saga. Victorian melodrama provides the cliches of 'the bad baronet' who revives the droit de seigneur (but baronets are notoriously modern creations); and of the 'bony grasping hand' of the Catholic Church and its canon lawyers (an image spread in ways eerily reminiscent of the modern 'urban legend' in its Internet forms). The contributors include: Bruce Brasington, William Calin, Carl Hammer, Jona Hammer, Paul Hardwick, Nickolas Haydock, Gwendolyn Morgan, Joanne Parker, Clare A. Simmons, and William F. Woods. Professor Tom Shippey teaches in the Department of English at the University of St Louis; Dr Martin Arnold teaches at University College, Scarborough.

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  • Arthurian melodrama, Chaucerian spectacle and the waywardness of cinematic pastiche in "First Knight" and "A Knight's Tale", Nickolas Haydock
  • modern mystics, medieval saints, Gwendolyn Morgan
  • seeking the human image in the advocate, William F. Woods
  • Harold in Normandy - history and romance, Carl Hammer
  • the day of a thousand years - Winchester's 1901 commemoration of Alfred the Great, Joanne Parker
  • "Biddeth Peres Ploughman go to his werk" - appropriation of "Piers Plowman" in the 19th and 20th centuries, Paul Hardwick
  • what "Tales of a Wayside Inn" tells us about Longfellow and about Chaucer, William Calin
  • bad baronets and the curse of medievalism, Clare A. Simmons
  • "The Bony Grasping Hand" - 19th-century American Protestant views on medieval canon law, Bruce Brasington.

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書名 Film and fiction : reviewing the Middle Ages
著作者等 Shippey, T. A.
Arnold Martin
シリーズ名 Studies in medievalism
出版元 D.S. Brewer
刊行年月 2003
ページ数 257 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 085991772X
NCID BA62019497
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス