The Medieval Hero on Screen / Edition 1

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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 screen, contributed by scholars from a variety of disciplines, draws upon a wide range of movies 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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Editorial Reviews

compelling and insightful...carefully reasoned and well written...intelligent...well illustrated...excellent...highly recommended
The Medieval Hero on Screen: Representations from Beowulf to Buffy
Journal of American Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786419265
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Foreword 1
Preface : Hollywood knights 5
Pt. I What's accuracy got to do with it? : historicity and authenticity in medieval film 19
Heroism and alienation through language in The lord of the rings 23
Authenticating realism in medieval film 38
Pt. II Kid crusaders : heroic children on film 53
Shirley Temple and the guys and dolls of the round table 57
Boys to men : medievalism and masculinity in Star wars and E.T. : the extra-terrestrial 73
Pt. III Iron maidens : medieval female heroes on film 91
Girls on film : medieval virginity in the cinema 94
Chivalric virtues in female form : Crouching tiger, hidden dragon's Wudan warrior princess as medieval hero 115
Not your typical knight : the emerging on-screen defender 133
Pt. IV Time bandits : contemporary appropriations 147
The hagiography of steel : the hero's weapon and its place in pop culture 151
The way of the wizard : reflections of Merlin on film 167
Hard day's knights : First knight, A knight's tale, and Black knight 192
Pt. V "Stond and delyver" : teaching the medieval movie 211
Oh, what a lovely war! Joan of arc on screen 217
The hero in the classroom 237
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