© 2012

Medieval Afterlives in Popular Culture

  • Editors
  • Gail Ashton
  • Daniel T. Kline

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Gail Ashton, Daniel T. Kline
    Pages 1-12
  3. Steve Ellis
    Pages 43-55
  4. Brantley L. Bryant
    Pages 113-127
  5. Richard Utz
    Pages 145-158
  6. Kathleen Coyne Kelly
    Pages 203-218
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 219-245

About this book


This book is concerned with our ideological, technical and emotional investments in reclaiming medieval for contemporary popular culture. The authors illuminate both medieval and contemporary popular culture in surprising and productive ways while interrogating the many ways in which metamedievalism reinterprets and reconceptualises the medieval.


culture fiction history Medieval Literature Middle Ages Renaissance rhetoric

About the authors

Candace Barrington Andrew Lynch Steve Ellis Louise D'Arcens Daniel T. Kline Robert Sturges Steve Guthrie Brantley L. Bryant Angela Jane Weisl Richard Utz Leslie Coote Philippa Semper Gail Ashton Kathleen Coyne Kelly

Bibliographic information


'Spanning many centuries and multiple media, this collection will inform and delight specialists, generalists, and anyone else interested in how we shape the Middle Ages and they shape us. Through highly engaging case-studies, the authors thoroughly and thoughtfully explore the vast and sometimes surprising legacy of our medieval past. They challenge the most fundamental assumptions of (neo)medievalism and open new avenues of research into one of the most dynamic and wide-ranging fields in the humanities.' - Karl Fugelso, professor of Art History at Towson University and editor of Studies in Medievalism

'An insightful collection that confronts issues too often left implicit in studies of medievalism head-on. Together the essays pose an important challenge: to examine the persistence, contingency and plurality of medievalism, and the implications that has for periodization and the ongoing influence of the medieval on the modern.' - David W. Marshall, California State University San Bernardino and editor of Mass Market Medieval: Essays on the Middle Ages in Popular Culture

'The essays in Medieval Afterlives in Popular Culture are energetic and spirited. They explore the diversity of medievalisms in popular culture, asking powerful questions about modern critical, creative, and political investments in such forms of medieval re-creation. Through a series of detailed readings, the authors offer loving, critical attention to texts that are often dismissed or unregarded. The best of these essays go even further: to consider the role of medievalism in shaping our ideas of modernity, and the relationship between high and popular culture. This collection is packed full of fresh insights and readings, and will become essential reading for students and researchers working in this field.' - Stephanie Trigg, University of Melbourne