Cultural Studies of the Modern Middle Ages

Cultural Studies of the Modern Middle Ages

by Eileen A. Joy
     
 

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The essays in this volume bring together analyses of contemporary popular entertainment, current political crises, and medieval history and culture, in order to investigate the intersecting and often tangled relations between the past and present, and between reality and fiction, especially in relation to issues of identity and self-formation, morality, statecraft,

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The essays in this volume bring together analyses of contemporary popular entertainment, current political crises, and medieval history and culture, in order to investigate the intersecting and often tangled relations between the past and present, and between reality and fiction, especially in relation to issues of identity and self-formation, morality, statecraft, social justice, violence, the law, and the historical imagination.

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“This book asks us to consider the gaps between the real and the staged, between truth and performance. More compellingly, it asks us to think about whether we can ever know the difference, whether we are so caught in prison houses of textual manipulation that resistance is, finally, futile. The book looks to medieval narratives of conversion, parody, temptation, power, torture, and finds resonances (both continuities and discontinuities) in such contemporary spectacles as reality television shows, images of the Bush White House, and photographs from the Abu Ghraib prison. Sometimes wild, often audacious, at times funny, and with haunting moments, this collection is always provocative, and it will be much discussed.”--Martin B. Shichtman, Eastern Michigan University

Cultural Studies of the Modern Middle Ages stages a dazzlingly original, and a deeply provocative intervention at the intersections of past and present, high and low culture, scholarship and entertainment, and truth and fiction. The essays included here deftly interweave critical theory, medieval scholarship, and popular culture in ways that are both impassioned and informative. This collection shows how a period that is usually cast as distant and remote can provide lenses through which we can productively rethink our current preoccupations; likewise, the collection demonstrates how familiar cultural forms that we might be tempted to dismiss as mere ephemera can resonate richly with the medieval literary traditions that represent the foundations of our western intellectual heritage.”--Anne Clark Bartlett, DePaul University

"Contemporary entertainment, current politics and medieval history and culture are brought together in an attempt to investigate the intersecting relations between reality and fiction in relation to issues such as morality, identity, and justice, both in the past and the present." --The Times Higher Education Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403973078
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
12/10/2007
Series:
New Middle Ages Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.87(d)

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