Sunday, September 30, 2012

Update for Still Getting Medieval on Television

We are still finalizing the details of our roundtable "Still Getting Medieval on Television" for next year's Medieval Congress. Details will be posted in a few days.

Michael Torregrossa

Monday, September 17, 2012

Auger on Lord of the Rings

From a recent issue of Mythlore:

Auger, Emily E. “The Lord of the Rings’ Interlace: The Adaptation to Film.” Mythlore 30.1-2 (Fall/Winter 2011): 143-62.

Recent Reviews from Arthuriana

Still catching up:

Reviews from Arthuriana 22.1 (Spring 2012):


Bettina Bildhauer, Filming the Middle Ages
Kevin J. Harty 125-27

Andrew B.R. Elliott, Remaking the Middle Ages: The Methods of Cinema and History in Portraying the Medieval World
Kathleen Coyne Kelly 127-28

Kevin J. Harty, ed., The Vikings on Film: Essays on Depictions of the Nordic Middle Ages
Shaun F.D. Hughes 129-35 [an especially insightful review and commentary]

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Medieval Papers at Film & History 2012

The 2012 Film and History Conference meets later this month from 26-30 September 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The complete program can be accessed at

The following sessions are of interest:


PANEL 2716 Myths R Us III: The Sun Never Sets: British Identity in Film and Television
PAPER 2 OF 3: Brave Hearts and Minds: Scottish Politics, Nation-Building and the Myth-Making Power of Braveheart
Cody Neidert, University of Northern Colorado
PAPER 3 OF 3: “Decaying Splendours”: Landscapes of Absence, Loss, and Trauma in the Films of Stephen Weeks
Kevin M. Flanagan, University of Pittsburgh

PANEL 2723 Medieval Myths II: Magic Beyond the Pale
The Dark Ages in the Cinema: A Case Study on Medieval Witchcraft
Tom Vercruysse, Kotholieke Universiteit Leuven
Father of Anarchy: Robin Hood and the Medieval Outlaw in Contemporary Culture
Melissa Sartore, West Virginia University Institute of Technology
Indistinguishable from Magic: Weapons of Mass Destruction in Robin Hood
Leah Larson, Our Lady of the Lake University

PANEL 2726 Mythos II: Goddesses: Armed and Dangerous
PAPER 2 OF 3: Arya, Katniss, and Merida: Three Screen Teen Amazon Archers
Beverly J. Graf, Pepperdine University

PANEL 2733 Storytelling 101 II: Prominent Historical Figures: Anastasia,
Martin Guerre, Edith Piaf and Cleopatra
PAPER 2 OF 4: The Artful Historian and the Historical Filmmaker: Two Accounts of Martin Guerre
Mike Schraeder, M.F.A

PANEL 2747 Medieval Myths I: Magical Medieval Realms in High
Politics, Magic, and Religion in the Middle Ages as Presented in George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones
Thomas McBryde, Our Lady of the Lake University
To Infinity and Beyond: How Film and Television Have Influenced the Evolution of the Arthurian Legend through BBC’s Merlin
Vanessa Schuchardt McBryde. Our Lady of the Lake University
Arthur and Guinevere 2.0: The BBC’s Merlin and the Reimagining of Arthurian Legend for a Twenty-First Century British Audience
Antoinette Winstead, Our Lady of the Lake University

SAT., 29 SEPT.
PANEL 2924 Myths of Place
PAPER 3 OF 3: Off to the Highlands: Pixar’s Brave and the Allure of Scotland to the American Imagination
Dorene Koehler

PANEL 2931B | Medieval Myths III: Varied Visions of Medieval Legends
Beowulf and Grendel
Kris Kobold, York University
Artifice and Misrecognition in Zemeckis’ Beowulf
David Watson, Michigan State University

Monday, September 10, 2012

Elizabeth I on Film CFP

[UPDATE]: Elizabeth I on Film: Kalamazoo, May 9-12, 2013
full name / name of organization:
Queen Elizabeth I Society
contact email:

Our panel in 2013 will focus on representations of Elizabeth I in the classic and more recent film narratives. In the last decade alone, the image of Elizabeth I on film has ranged from Dame Judi Dench's aged but energetic queen to Cate Blanchett's preternaturally youthful 55 year old monarch to the adolescent princess played by Laoise Murray on _The Tudors_. This panel will seek to explore the general trajectories of representing Elizabeth I on screen as well as identify and analyze the developments, continuities, and significance of these representations in the 21st century.

This session is sponsored by Queen Elizabeth I Society.

Please email the abstracts (300 words or less) to Anna Riehl Bertolet,, no later than September 15, 2011.

Medieval and Renaissance Drama on Film NeMLA CFP

Filming this Insubstantial Pageant: Medieval and Renaissance Drama on Film (Abstracts due Sept. 30)
full name / name of organization:
Northeast Modern Language Association (conference Mar. 2013)
contact email:

This panel seeks papers about film adaptations of medieval and Renaissance English drama, both in English-speaking countries and around the world. The NeMLA conference will be held in Boston in March, 2013. Papers might compare different adaptations of the same play, discuss problems associated with the notion of fidelity to text or of relocating a play in a different historical or cultural milieu, or consider the effectiveness for use in scholarly work or in the classroom. We seek investigation of continuities across disciplines: medieval/Renaissance, cinema studies/literature. What is at stake in these adaptations? What do these directors, writers, performers, and audiences bring to the table? This panel should appeal to those interested in film and literary adaptation, world cinema and transnational influences, issues of cultural hegemony and exchange, and Shakespeare on film. Abstracts (250 words) should be emailed in MS format to by Sept. 30.

Corporate Medievalism on Screen

Catching up:

The latest number of Studies in Medievalism, entitled Corporate Medievalism, includes a number of essays devoted to medieval subjects on screen. Complete contents at

Essays of interest to blog readers include:

2 Lives of Total Dedication? Medieval and Modern Corporate Identity (M. J. Toswell)
3 Reincorporating the Medieval: Morality, Chivalry, and Honor in Post-Financial-Meltdown Corporate Revisionism (Kevin Moberly and Brent Moberly)
4 Medievalism and Representations of Corporate Identity (KellyAnn Fitzpatrick and Jil Hanifan)
5 Knights of the Ownership Society: Economic Inequality and Medievalist Film (Harry Brown)
6 A Corporate neo-Beowulf: Ready or Not, Here We Come (E. L. Risden)

11 The Cinematic Sign of the Grail (J. Rubén Valdés Miyares)
12 Destructive Dominae: Women and Vengeance in Medievalist Film (Felice Lifshitz)
13 Neomedievalism Unplugged (Pamela Clements and Carol L. Robinson)