Race, Class, and Gender in “Medieval” Cinema

  • Editors
  • Lynn T. Ramey
  • Tison Pugh

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction: Filming the “Other” Middle Ages

    1. Tison Pugh, Lynn T. Ramey
      Pages 1-12
  3. Multicultural Identities: A Lost Ideal?

  4. Barbarism and the Medieval other

  5. Romantic Values

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 215-228

About this book


The medieval film genre is not, in general, concerned with constructing a historically accurate past, but much analysis nonetheless centers on highlighting anachronisms. This book aims to help scholars and aficionados of medieval film think about how the re-creation of an often mythical past performs important cultural work for modern directors and viewers. The essays in this collection demonstrate that directors intentionally insert modern preoccupations into a setting that would normally be considered incompatible with these concepts. The Middle Ages provide an imaginary space far enough removed from the present day to explore modern preoccupations with human identity.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2007
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-53486-9
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-60356-1
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