Remaking the Middle Ages: The Methods of Cinema and History in Portraying the Medieval World

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McFarland, Nov 17, 2010 - Performing Arts - 286 pages
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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”).
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Problems
7
People
51
Worlds
175
Glossary
223
Notes
229
Bibliography
257
Filmography
269
Index
273
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Andrew B.R. Elliott is a senior lecturer in media and cultural studies at the University of Lincoln in the UK. He has published articles and essays on a wide range of topics and is a contributor to a television documentary on the “real” King Arthur.

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