Remaking the Middle Ages: the methods of cinema and history in portraying the medieval world

Elliott, Andrew B. R. (2010) Remaking the Middle Ages: the methods of cinema and history in portraying the medieval world. McFarland, Jefferson, N.C.. ISBN 9780786446247

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Abstract

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").

Keywords:middle ages, Cinema, Medieval History, Film, Medieval film, Historiography, Historical film, Arthurian film, Semiotics, History in popular culture
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P303 Film studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
ID Code:4047
Deposited On:18 Feb 2011 08:48

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