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Twilight and History

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Overview

What were the social norms of the world that Edward grew up in? (Hint: Bella's guesses were a little off.)

Considering the history of the Quileute people, was Team Jacob always doomed?

What would Jasper have experienced as a Civil War soldier?

Are the Volturi typical Italian Renaissance rulers?

What was childhood like in seventeenth-century ...

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Overview

What were the social norms of the world that Edward grew up in? (Hint: Bella's guesses were a little off.)

Considering the history of the Quileute people, was Team Jacob always doomed?

What would Jasper have experienced as a Civil War soldier?

Are the Volturi typical Italian Renaissance rulers?

What was childhood like in seventeenth-century London, where Carlisle was born?

The answers to these compelling questions and more can be found inside Twilight and History. Form Renaissance Italy to the persecution of suspected witches in early modern England to the American Civil War, the Cullens and other immortals in the Twilight series have witnessed many of the defining events that shaped the modern world. This book is the first to look at the wealth of history that shaped the identities of Twilight's characters and influenced their actions. With timelines comparing Twilight Saga history with real human history, it is the perfect Twilight companion for history lovers and Twilight fans to bite into, adding a new dimension to the series and providing compelling historical background on Stephenie Meyer's characters and plotlines.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470581780
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/12/2010
  • Series: Wiley Pop Culture and History Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,234,057
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy R. Reagin is a professor of history and women's and gender studies at Pace University, who has published several books in modern European history. Her current research focuses on the history of literary fan communities. She's also an active fan who has worked on fan archives and Web sites, and has helped build fan organizations. She rooted for Team Jacob long after most reasonable people would have given up hope.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments: For Those Who Turned Us ix

Twilight's Timeline xi

Introduction: Frozen in Time Nancy R. Reagin 1

Part 1 Your Basic Human-Vampire-Werewolf/Shape-shifter Triangle: Bella, Edward, and Jacob

1 "An Old-Fashioned Gentleman"? Edward's Imaginary History Kate Cochran 7

2 Biting Bella: Treaty Negotiation, Quileute History, and Why "Team Jacob" Is Doomed to Lose Judith Leggatt Kristin Burnett 26

3 CinderBella: Twilight, Fairy Tales, and the Twenty-First-Century American Dream Sara Buttsworth 47

4 Courting Edward Cullen: Courtship Rituals and Marital Expectations in Edward's Youth Catherine Coker 70

Part 2 Some Family History: The Cullen Coven

5 Jasper Hale, the Oldest Living Confederate Veteran Elizabeth Baird Hardy 89

6 Smoky Mountain Twilight: The Appalachian Roots of Emmett McCarty Cullen and His Family Elizabeth Baird Hardy 106

7 Better Turned Than "Cured"? Alice and the Asylum Grace Loiacono Laura Loiacono 127

8 Carlisle Cullen and the Witch Hunts of Puritan London Janice Liedl 145

9 A Subtle and Dangerous Gift: Jasper Hale and the Specter of the American Civil War Andrea Robertson Cremer 163

10 Like Other American Families, Only Not: The Cullens and the "Ideal" Family in American History Kyra Glass von der Osten 182

Part 3 A World of Vampires: The Volturi and Beyond

11 The Sort of People Who Hired Michelangelo as Their Decorator: The Volturi as Renaissance Rulers Birgit Wiedl 207

12 "Where Do the Cullens Fit In?": Vampires in European Folklore, Science, and Fiction Eveline Brugger 227

13 Getting Younger Every Decade: Being a Teen Vampire during the Twentieth Century Kat Burkhart 245

The Forks High School Faculty 263

Index: Alice Foresaw All of This 267

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  • Posted July 10, 2010

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    Explore Twilight Characters and Their Times

    Twilight and History, edited by Nancy R. Reagin, is an absolute must for any Twilight fan. Each Cullen was turned during a specific historical, social, and cultural point in history and this context defines each one, and their attitudes, relationships, and behaviors throughout the Saga. I've not only read this book once, I've read it twice, and will go back to it again, because it's informative, entertaining and insightful. Reagin has collected a treasure trove of essays by academics who explore their subjects in readable style.
    I enjoyed all the essays (even those with points of view with which I disagreed), but especially those that explored: Quileute history and Jacob; the manners, mores, and courting practices of Edward's day, and why he is more Victorian than cusp-of-Jazz Age Edwardian; why the Voluturi are like the Medicis; how the Cullen teens adapted their roles to fit changing times over the 20th Century, and how Twilight invokes fairy tales and the American Dream (an examination of Meyer's Mormon beliefs would have taken this essay even further-see Spotlight: A Close-Up Look at the Artistry and Meaning of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga by John Granger).
    The character studies, though, were my favorites, in particular, Elizabeth Baird Hardy's two essays that rescue Jasper (Southern man) and Emmett (Appalachian man) from tired stereotype, showing how they reflect their times and experiences. Grace Loiacono and Laura Loiacono do a fine job examining the history of mental health treatment and the appalling mental asylums of Alice's day.
    Twilight and History is an invaluable companion to the Twilight Saga.

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

    not good

    boring i meam yawn who cares? the books are fiction! the person has way to much time on their hands!

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    Posted December 28, 2013

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    Dont be such haters people!!! The Twilight Saga is one of the best series i have ever read!!!!!!

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