Friday, April 6, 2018

Going Viking with the Muppets

The worlds of Jim Henson offer much to delight medievalists, including a spirited rendition of "In the Navy" (from season five of The Muppet Show) with Muppet Viking-pigs attacking (and, in the end, being repelled from) a medieval seaside community.

There are multiple version of the short online including the following:




So far, only seasons one, two, and three of The Muppet Show are available for home video. Hopefully Disney will release the remaining seasons soon.

Recent Book: Swashbucklers: The Costume Adventure Series

My apologies for having missed posting this when it came out. It sounds fascinating. Hopefully, a paperback edition will be forthcoming.


Swashbucklers: The Costume Adventure Series
http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9780719088810/

By James Chapman


Book Information

Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-7190-8881-0
Pages: 296
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Price: £70.00
Published Date: July 2015
BIC Category: Film and Media, Television, Radio, Films, cinema, PERFORMING ARTS / Television / History & Criticism, The arts / Film, TV & radio

Available for North and South America through Oxford University Press Academic at https://global.oup.com/academic/product/swashbucklers-9780719088810?cc=us&lang=en&#. The US edition is priced currently at $110.


Description

Swashbucklers is the first study of one of the most popular and enduring genres in television history - the costume adventure series. It maps the history of swashbuckling television from its origins in the 1950s to the present. It places the various series in their historical and institutional contexts and also analyses how the form and style of the genre has changed over time. And it includes case studies of major swashbuckling series including The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Buccaneers, Ivanhoe, William Tell, Zorro, Arthur of the Britons, Dick Turpin, Robin of Sherwood, Sharpe, Hornblower, The Count of Monte Cristo and the recent BBC co-production of The Three Musketeers.


Oxford University Press offers the following extended description at their site:

Swashbucklers is the first study of one of the most popular and enduring genres in television history - the costume adventure series.

James Chapman explores the history of swashbuckling television from its origins in the 1950s to the present day. He maps the major production cycles of the Anglophone swashbuckler both in Britain and in the United States and places the genre in its historical, cultural and institutional contexts. He shows how the success of The Adventures of Robin Hood in the 1950s established a template for a genre that has been one of the most successful of British television exports. And he considers how America responded to this 'British invasion' with its own swashbuckling heroes such as Zorro.

Chapman also analyses the cultural politics of the swashbuckler, considering how it has been a vehicle for the representation of ideologies of class, gender and nationhood. While some swashbucklers have promoted consensual politics, others such as Dick Turpin and Robin of Sherwood have presented us with heroes on the margins of society who challenge its inequities and injustices. The relationship of the televisions swashbuckler to the founding myths of the genre is discussed, along with how the genre has responded to the changing cultural and ideological contexts in which it is produced. What emerges is a picture of a genre that has proved remarkably flexible in adapting its form and style to match the popular tastes of audiences.

Swashbucklers is intended for students and teachers of popular television drama as well as for adventure-lovers everywhere.


Contents


Introduction

1. Exporting Englishness

2. Fantasy factories

3. Revisionist revivals

4. Rebels with a cause

5. Heritage heroes

6. Millennial mavericks

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index



Author

James Chapman is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Leicester


New Book: The Legacy of Courtly Literature: From Medieval to Contemporary Culture

Finally getting some information on this recent release from Palgrave Macmillan. The contents list is from WorldCat as the publisher site omits this important data. The book looks especially useful for Arthurian enthusiasts.

The Legacy of Courtly Literature: From Medieval to Contemporary Culture
https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319607283

Editors: Nelson-Campbell, Deborah, Cholakian, Rouben (Eds.)
Series Title: Arthurian and Courtly Cultures
Copyright: 2017
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Hardcover
$119.99 (listprice) price for USA (ISBN978-3-319-60728-3)

eBook
$89.00 (listprice) price for USA (ISBN978-3-319-60729-0)

DOI10.1007/978-3-319-60729-0

Number of Pages: XII, 234
Number of Illustrations and Tables: 9 b/w illustrations


  • Covers a broad range of topics related to courtly literature including Shakespeare, the Harry Potter series, and the Japanese Imperial Court
  • Traces the long established tradition of courtly literature from its original medieval roots to its influence on today’s literary and artistic culture
  • Assembles the foremost experts on medieval courtly literature


About this book:

This fascinating volume examines the enduring influence of courtly tradition and courtly love, particularly in contemporary popular culture. The ten chapters explore topics including the impact of the medieval troubadour in modern love songs, the legacy of figures such as Tristan, Iseult, Lancelot, Guinevere, and Merlin in modern film and literature, and more generally, how courtly and chivalric conceptions of love have shaped the Western world’s conception of love, loyalty, honor, and adultery throughout history and to this day.


Table of Contents:

Introduction / Rouben Cholakian and Deborah Nelson-Campbell --
The Arthurian knight remythified Ovidian: the failures of courtly love in three late medieval glosses / Jane Chance --
Shakespeare's The merry wives of Windsor and the fabliau / Carol F. Heffernan --
Villon's dreams of the courtly / Rupert T. Pickens --
"You make me want to be a better man": courtly values revived in modern film / Raymond J. Cormier --
From Marie de France to J.K. Rowling: the weasel / Carol Dover --
Courtly literature: "yesterday" is today / Beverly J. Evans --
Variations on a transcultural phenomenon: the potion scene in four film versions of the legend of Tristan and Iseult / Joan Tasker Grimbert --
The musical incongruities of time travel in Arthurian film / John Haines --
The fool and the wise man: the legacy of the two Merlins in modern culture / Natalia I. Petrovskaia --

A legacy of Japanese courtly literature: the Imperial New Year Poetry Recitation Party / Yuko Tagaya --
Bibliography --
Index.



About the editors:

Deborah Nelson-Campbell is Professor of French Studies at Rice University, USA.

Rouben Cholakian is Professor Emeritus of French at Hamilton College, USA.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Update: Medievalism in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones

One final book notice for the night. Here is the updated information on Shiloh Carroll's Medievalism in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones:


Medievalism in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones
https://boydellandbrewer.com/medievalism-in-i-a-song-of-ice-and-fire-i-and-i-game-of-thrones-i-hb.html
Shiloh Carroll

March 2018
214 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
Medievalism
ISBN: 9781843844846
Format: Hardback
D.S.Brewer


Game of Thrones is famously inspired by the Middle Ages - but how "authentic" is the world it presents? This volume offers different angles to the question.

One of the biggest attractions of George R.R. Martin's high fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, and by extension its HBO television adaptation, Game of Thrones, is its claim to historical realism. The author, the directors and producers of the adaptation, and indeed the fans of the books and show, all lay claim to Westeros, its setting, as representative of an authentic medieval world. But how true are these claims? Is it possible to faithfully represent a time so far removed from our own in time and culture? And what does an authentic medieval fantasy world look like?

This book explores Martin's and HBO's approaches to and beliefs about the Middle Ages and how those beliefs fall into traditional medievalist and fantastic literary patterns. Examining both books and programme from a range of critical approaches - medievalism theory, gender theory, queer theory, postcolonial theory, and race theory - Dr Carroll analyzes how the drive for historical realism affects the books' and show's treatment of men, women, people of colour, sexuality, and imperialism, as well as how the author and showrunners discuss these effects outside the texts themselves.


An e-book version of this title is available (9781787441941), to libraries through a number of trusted suppliers. See here for a full list of our partners.



Table of Contents:

Introduction: Martin and Medievalist Fantasy
Chivalric Romance and Anti-Romance
Masculinity, Femininity, and Gender Relations
Sex and Sexuality
Postcolonialism, Slavery, and the Great White Hope
Adaptation and Reception
Afterword
Bibliography



About the Author:

Shiloh Carroll teaches in the writing center at Tennessee State University.

Coming Soon: Derek Jarman's Medieval Modern

Due out later this month from D. S. Brewer's Medievalism imprint:


Derek Jarman's Medieval Modern
https://boydellandbrewer.com/derek-jarman-s-medieval-modern-hb.html
Robert Mills

April 2018
16 colour, 68 black and white illustrations
286 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Medievalism
ISBN: 9781843844938
Format: Hardback
D.S.Brewer


First exploration of Jarman's engagement with the medieval, revealing its importance to his work.

The artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman (1942-1994) had a lifelong appreciation of medieval culture. But with the possible exception of Edward II, Jarman's films have not been identified to date as making a major contribution to the depiction of the Middle Ages in cinema.

This book is the first to uncover a rich seam of medievalism in Jarman's art. Taking in major features such as Caravaggio, The Garden and The Last of England, as well as some of the unrealised screenplays and short experimental films, the book proposes an expanded definition of medieval film that includes not just works set in or about the Middle Ages, but also projects inspired more broadly by the period. It considers Jarman's engagement with Anglo-Saxon poetry (notably The Wanderer); with works by fourteenth-century poets such as Chaucer, Dante and Langland; with saints and mystics from Joan of Arc to Julian of Norwich; and with numerous paintings, buildings and objects from this so-called "middle" time.

Organised around several key themes - periodisation, anachronism, ruins and wandering - the book also asks what happens when (with Jarman, but also more broadly) we think the categories "medieval" and "modern" together. As such, it will be of interest to film scholars, art historians and medievalists of all stripes who wish to rattle the temporal cages of their fields.

An e-book version of this title is available (9781787442122), to libraries through a number of trusted suppliers. See here for a full list of our partners.


Table of Contents:

Introduction
Derek Jarman Gets Medieval
Always Contemporary
A Life in Ruins
The Wandering Jarman
Afterword
Notes
Bibliography
Filmography



About the Author:

Robert Mills is Professor of Medieval Studies at University College London.


Now Available: Chivalry in Westeros: The Knightly Code of A Song of Ice and Fire

Out now from McFarland is another new book on the Game of Thrones phenomenon:

Chivalry in Westeros:The Knightly Code of A Song of Ice and Fire
https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/chivalry-in-westeros/
Carol Parrish Jamison

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 217
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7005-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3316-9
Imprint: McFarland
$35.00


About the Book:

George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire has sparked a renewed interest in things medieval. The pseudo-historical world of Westeros delights casual fans while offering a rich new perspective for medievalists and scholars.

This study explores how Martin crafts a chivalric code that intersects with and illuminates well known medieval texts, including both romance and heroic epics. Through characters such as Brienne of Tarth, Sandor Clegane and Jaime Lannister, Martin variously challenges, upholds and deconstructs chivalry as depicted in the literature of the Middle Ages.



Table of Contents:

Preface 1
One • An Introduction to Westerosi Chivalry 7
Two • Chivalry in Oral Tradition 25
Three • Chivalry in Written Tradition 44
Four • Franchise 62
Five • Loyalty 89
Six • Prowess 114
Seven • Vengeance 141
Eight • Peace Weaving 160
Conclusions: Teaching Westeros 182
Chapter Notes 191
Bibliography 201
Index 207


About the Author:

Carol Parrish Jamison is a professor of English at Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus, in Savannah, Georgia. She specializes in medieval literature, linguistics, and medievalism.

Out Now: The New Peplum: Essays on Sword and Sandal Films and Television Programs Since the 1990s

Out now from McFarland is a new book edited by Nicholas Diak, a scholar that I had the pleasure of meeting last month at StokerCon. Best of luck with the book, Nick.


The New Peplum: Essays on Sword and Sandal Films and Television Programs Since the 1990s
https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/the-new-peplum/
Edited by Nicholas Diak

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 242
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6762-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3150-9
Imprint: McFarland
$39.95


About the Book:

Peplum or “sword-and-sandal” films—an Italian genre of the late 1950s through the 1960s—featured ancient Greek, Roman and Biblical stories with gladiators, mythological monsters and legendary quests. The new wave of historic epics, known as neo-pepla, is distinctly different, embracing new technologies and storytelling techniques to create an immersive experience unattainable in the earlier films.

This collection of new essays explores the neo-peplum phenomenon through a range of topics, including comic book adaptations like Hercules, the expansion of genre boundaries in Jupiter Ascending and John Carter, depictions of Romans and slaves in Spartacus, and The Eagle and Centurion as metaphors for America’s involvement in the Iraq War.


Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments vi

Foreword (David R. Coon) 1

Introduction (Nicholas Diak) 4

Part One: Crossing the Rubicon: Expanding the ­Neo-Peplum Boundaries

Adapting to New Spaces: Swords and Planets and the ­Neo-Peplum (Paul Johnson) 21

Hercules: Transmedia Superhero Mythology (Djoymi Baker) 44

From Crowds to Swarms: Movement and Bodies in ­Neo-Peplum Films (Kevin M. Flanagan) 63

Part Two: Wisdom from the Gods: Mythological Adaptations

There Are No Boundaries for Our Boats: Vikings and the Westernization of the Norse Saga (Steve Nash) 79

Sounds of Swords and Sandals: Music in ­Neo-Peplum BBC Television Docudramas (Nick Poulakis) 95

Hercules, Xena and Genre: The Methodology Behind the Mashup (Valerie Estelle Frankel) 115

Part Three: The “Glory” of Rome: Depictions of the Empire

Male Nudity, Violence and the Disruption of Voyeuristic Pleasure in Starz’s Spartacus (Hannah Mueller) 135

Sex, Lies and Denarii: Roman Depravity and Oppression in Starz’s Spartacus (Jerry B. Pierce) 155

In the Green Zone with the Ninth Legion: The ­Post-Iraq Roman Film (Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.) 178

Part Four: Sculpted in Marble: Gender and Representation

Laughing at the Body: The Imitation of Masculinity in Peplum Parody Films (Tatiana Prorokova) 195

Queering the Quest: ­Neo-Peplum and the ­Neo-Femme in Xena: Warrior Princess (Haydee Smith) 208

Afterword (Steven L. Sears) 219

About the Contributors 223

Index 225


About the Editor:

Nicholas Diak is a pop culture scholar specializing in Italian spy films, post-industrial and synthwave music, and the works of H.P. Lovecraft. He has contributed essays, editorials and reviews to a variety of books, journals, and pop culture websites. He lives in Orange, California.




New Book: The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination: Memory, Film and Medievalism

Start saving now for this new book from I. B. Tauris:

The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination: Memory, Film and Medievalism
http://www.ibtauris.com/Books/Humanities/History/History-earliest-times-to-present-day/Early-history-c-500-to-c-14501500/Medieval-history/The-Middle-Ages-in-Popular-Imagination-Memory-Film-and-Medievalism
Paul Sturtevant

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Library of Medieval Studies

Hardback | In Stock | £75.00

Hardback | Not Yet Published | $110.00


Hardback
ISBN: 9781788311397
Publication Date: 28 Feb 2018
Number of Pages: 336
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 20 black and white integrated illustrations


Description:

It is often assumed that those outside of academia know very little about the Middle Ages. But the truth is not so simple. Non-specialists in fact learn a great deal from the myriad medievalisms - post-medieval imaginings of the medieval world - that pervade our everyday culture. These, like Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones, offer compelling, if not necessarily accurate, visions of the medieval world. And more, they have an impact on the popular imagination, particularly since there are new medievalisms constantly being developed, synthesised and remade.

But what does the public really know? How do the conflicting medievalisms they consume contribute to their knowledge? And why is this important?

In this book, the first evidence-based exploration of the wider public's understanding of the Middle Ages, Paul B. Sturtevant adapts sociological methods to answer these important questions. Based on extensive focus groups, the book details the ways - both formal and informal - that people learn about the medieval past and the many other ways that this informs, and even distorts, our present. In the process, Sturtevant also sheds light, in more general terms, onto the ways non-specialists learn about the past, and why understanding this is so important. The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination will be of interest to anyone working on medieval studies, medievalism, memory studies, medieval film studies, informal learning or public history.

Author Info:
Paul B. Sturtevant is an audience research specialist at the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC. He completed his PhD at the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds. He is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the very popular collaborative history blog 'The Public Medievalist' (http://www.publicmedievalist.com/).

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Past, Present, Future: Medieval Monsters and Their Afterlives at Kalamazoo 2018

I am pleased to announce the schedule for our sponsored session for Kalamazoo this year. (Panel information has been updated on 6 April 2018 to correct errors introduced in the submission process.)

Details follow.

Conference information can be found at https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress.


53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University
10- 13 May 2018

Saturday, 1:30 PM
417 SCHNEIDER 1160
Past, Present, Future: Medieval Monsters and Their Afterlives I
Sponsor: Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture
Organizer: Michael A. Torregrossa, Independent Scholar

Presider: Anna Czarnowus, Univ. of Silesia

Giants in the History of England: The Final Frontier and Steven Spielberg’s The BFG

 Geneviève Pigeon, Univ. du Québec–Montréal

The Monstrous Host: Hospitality and Hostility in Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant
Matthew Vernon, Univ. of California–Davis

Merlin the White(washed): The Entertainment Industry’s Evasion of Merlin’s Demonic Heritage
Michael A. Torregrossa

A Rapacious Daemon in King Arthur’s Court: Re-designating Merlin as a Demonic Rapist in Arthuriana [note corrected title]
Tirumular Narayanan, California State Univ.–Chico


Saturday, 3:30 PM
469 SCHNEIDER 1160
Past, Present, Future: Medieval Monsters and Their Afterlives II
Sponsor: Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture
Organizer: Michael A. Torregrossa, Independent Scholar

Presider: Whitney Dirks-Schuster, Grand Valley State Univ.

Haunting Poltergeists: Historical and Cinematic Representations of Ghosts as Demonic Monsters
Rex Barnes, Columbia Univ.

The Queer and the Dead: Medieval Revenants and Their Afterlives in In the Flesh
Elliot Mason, Concordia Univ. Montréal

The Witcher’s Anal Eye: Monstrous Technologies of the Medievalized Other in Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Kevin Moberly , Old Dominion Univ.; Brent Addison Moberly, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington

The Monstrous Mongols in Medieval Eurasia and Modern Day Film
Colleen C. Ho, Univ. of Maryland

Sunday, December 10, 2017

New Book: Echoes of Valhalla

Echoes of Valhalla: The Afterlife of the Eddas and Sagas
http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/E/bo26297607.html

Jón Karl Helgason; Translated by Jane Appleton
Distributed for Reaktion Books


256 pages | 50 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Cloth $24.95
ISBN: 9781780237152
Published June 2017
For sale in North and South America only

Tolkien’s wizard Gandalf, Wagner’s Valkyrie Brünnhilde, Marvel’s superhero the Mighty Thor, the warrior heading for Valhalla in Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” and Donald Crisp’s portrayal of Leif Eriksson in the classic film The Viking—these are just a few examples of how Icelandic medieval literature has shaped human imagination during the past 150 years. Echoes of Valhalla is a unique look at modern adaptations of the Icelandic eddas (poems of Norse mythology) and sagas (ancient prose accounts of Viking history, voyages, and battles) across an astonishing breadth of art forms.

Jón Karl Helgason looks at comic books, plays, travel books, music, and films in order to explore the reincarnations of a range of legendary characters, from the Nordic gods Thor and Odin to the saga characters Hallgerd Long-legs, Gunnar of Hlidarendi, and Leif the Lucky. Roaming the globe, Helgason unearths echoes of Nordic lore in Scandinavia, Britain, America, Germany, Italy, and Japan. He examines the comic work of Jack Kirby and cartoon work of Peter Madsen; reads the plays of Henrik Ibsen and Gordon Bottomley; engages thought travelogues by Frederick Metcalfe and Poul Vad; listens to the music of Richard Wagner, Edward Elgar, and the metal band Manowar; and watches films by directors such as Roy William Neill and Richard Fleischer, outlining the presence of the eddas and sagas in these nineteenth- and twentieth-century works.

Altogether, Echoes of Valhalla tells the remarkable story of how disparate, age-old poetry and prose originally recorded in remote areas of medieval Iceland have come to be a part of our shared cultural experience today—how Nordic gods and saga heroes have survived and how their colorful cast of characters and adventures they went on are as vibrant as ever.






Thursday, November 16, 2017

MediEvil at NEPCA

The following paper was presented last month at the meeting of the Northeast Popular Culture / American Culture Association at University of Massachusetts Amherest (https://nepca.blog/2017-conference-schedule/):

Friday, October 27, 1:00-2:30pm
PANEL 18 – CC 903 – Philosophy and Pop Culture: Philosophy and Popular Poetics

CHAIR: Anthony G. Cirilla, Niagara University

Paper 4: “Medieval Philosophy and Saving Fame in the Videogame MediEvil,” Anthony G. Cirilla, Niagara University

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Arthurian Roundtable at MAPACA This Week

I am pleased to present the line-up for our upcoming sponsored roundtable session this week at the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association in Philadelphia. This marks our second year at MAPACA. Full details on the conference at https://mapaca.net/conference.

Here is the information on our session:


New Visits to Camelot: Reflecting on the Contemporary Matter of Britain on Screen (Roundtable)
Session sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture for the Medieval & Renaissance Area of the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association
Organizer/Presider: Michael A. Torregrossa (Independent Scholar)

Guy Ritchie and Michael Bay (Oh My): The Challenges of Contemporary Visions of Camelot on Screen
Michael A. Torregrossa (Independent Scholar)

Michael A. Torregrossa is a medievalist whose research interests include adaptation, Arthuriana, comics and comic art, medievalism, monsters, and wizards. His published work includes essays on both Merlin and Mordred on film as well as entries on television in recent supplements to the Arthurian Encyclopedia. Michael is also founder of both The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain and The Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture and serves as Fantastic Area Chair for the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association.

Othering Pagan Archetypes: Reimaginings of Merlin and Morgan le Fay
Rachael Warmington (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

Rachael Warmington is a doctoral candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She earned her B.A. in English from Montclair State University, M.A. in English from Seton Hall University, and her MFA at City College of New York, City University of New York. Rachael is also the editor-in-chief of the open source academic journal Watchung Review. Her current research focuses on the ways in which early regional and generational variations of Arthurian legend influence contemporary literary, film and television adaptations and appropriations of Arthurian works.

Round Table Revival: The Order: 1886
Carl Sell (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

Carl Sell is PhD candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is interested in all things medieval and Early Modern, and his studies focus on the Arthurian Legend and modern adaptations of the legend as well as adaptations of Robin Hood.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Labyrinth 2018 Calendar

The Jim Henson-directed feature film Labyrinth celebrated its 30th-anniversary last fall with an assortment of commemorative products. It is also now being remembered in a calendar for 2018. Details and ordering information at http://publishing.andrewsmcmeel.com/catalog/detail?sku=9780789333674.

I append pictures of the monthly images for your consideration.The assortment is a bit of a mixed bag, but for fans the medievalesque goblins are featured prominently, as is their king (played by David Bowie), and so too is the knightly canine Sir Didymus.





CFP Shakespeare on Film and Television (10/1/2017; PCA/ACA 2018)

Shakespeare on Film and Television Area
deadline for submissions: October 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: Popular Culture Association/American Culture Assocation
SHAKESPEARE ON FILM AND TELEVISION

Proposals & Abstracts Must Be Submitted Through The PCA Conference Submission page
Please submit a proposal to only one area at a time. Exceptions and rules

CALL FOR PAPERS

POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION/AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION
2018 NATIONAL CONFERENCE
March 28-31, 2018, Indianapolis, IN, at the J.W. Marriott, Indianapolis
DEADLINE:  OCTOBER 1, 2017

Submit through the PCA conference submission page:  http://conference.pcaaca.org

More information at http://pcaaca.org/national-conference/

The Shakespeare on Film and Television area explores Shakespeare in a variety of media beyond the traditional stage, including film, television, anime, and magna adaptations.  We have previously had papers on the following topics and invite new ideas all the time.
  • What is a Shakespeare Adaptation?
  • The Future of Shakespeare Adaptations
  • Translating Shakespeare into Film: Additions, Omissions, Anachronisms
  • Shakespearean Auteurs
  • Shakespeare in Silent Film
  • Shakespeare biopics
  • Shakespeare in the Global Marketplace
  • Latino Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare in Korea
  • Anime, Manga, and animated Shakespeares
  • Shakespeare on British Television
  • Sitcom Shakespeare
  • Slings and Arrows, Shakespeare on Canadian Television
  • Twenty-First Century Shakespeare
  • Metatheatrical Shakespeare: Putting on the Plays
  • Transgressive Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare and Sexuality
  • Shakespeare’s Families
  • Shakespeare for the Classroom

Please submit a 250 word proposal and a brief CV to the PCAACA conference website at http://conference.pcaaca.org

Please send all inquiries to:
Richard Vela
English, Theatre and Foreign Languages Department
The University of North Carolina, Pembroke
Pembroke, NC 28372
richard.vela@uncp.edu

Last updated August 21, 2017
 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Carroll on Game of Thrones

Came across the following today:

Medievalism in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones 
https://boydellandbrewer.com/medievalism-in-i-a-song-of-ice-and-fire-i-and-i-game-of-thrones-i-hb.html
Shiloh Carroll

Details

March 2018
192 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
Series: Medievalism
ISBN: 9781843844846
Format: Hardback, $39.95
D.S.Brewer


Overview:

Game of Thrones is famously inspired by the Middle Ages - but how "authentic" is the world it presents? This volume offers different angles to the question.

One of the biggest attractions of George R.R. Martin's high fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, and by extension its HBO television adaptation, Game of Thrones, is its claim to historical realism. The author, the directors and producers of the adaptation, and indeed the fans of the books and show, all lay claim to Westeros, its setting, as representative of an authentic medieval world. But how true are these claims? Is it possible to faithfully represent a time so far removed from our own in time and culture? And what does an authentic medieval fantasy world look like?

This book explores Martin's and HBO's approaches to and beliefs about the Middle Ages and how those beliefs fall into traditional medievalist and fantastic literary patterns. Examining both books and programme from a range of critical approaches - medievalism theory, gender theory, queer theory, postcolonial theory, and race theory - Dr Carroll analyzes how the drive for historical realism affects the books' and show's treatment of men, women, people of coloir, sexuality, and imperialism, as well as how the author and showrunners discuss these effects outside the texts themselves.


Contents

Introduction: Martin and Medievalist Fantasy
Chivalric Romance and Anti-Romance
Masculinity, Femininity, and Gender Relations
Sex and Sexuality
Postcolonialism, Slavery, and the Great White Hope
Adaptation and Reception
Afterword
Bibliography


About the Author

Shiloh Carroll teaches in the writing center at Tennessee State University.