Friday, June 21, 2013

Wood's The Medieval Filmscape

Coming this December from McFarland. Wood is no stranger to Medieval Studies on screen, but the idea that this is "an informal attempt at defining the genre" does worry me a bit (not to mention the fact that medievalism on film is transgeneric). More to follow as available.

The Medieval Filmscape:Reflections of Fear and Desire in a Cinematic Mirror
William F. Woods 

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-4651-3
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-1341-3
ca. 20 photos, filmography, notes, bibliography, index
softcover (6 x 9) 2013
Price: $40.00
Not Yet Published, Available Fall/Winter 2013

About the Book

This book is an informal attempt at defining the genre of medieval film by describing its features and analyzing its effects and their significance, there being few works presently available that work toward such definition. There are three parts: the introduction enters the medieval film world, describing its typical features and showing how they create a convincing sense of its time; three short chapters discuss authenticity, simplicity and spectacle--the roots of film medievalism; and six longer chapters comment on individual films. Works are discussed that extend the reach of the genre, such as Dreyer’s La Passion de Jeanne D’Arc with its emotional range, or Bergman’s Seventh Seal, which creates a universal symbolism. In short, the author describes what goes into a medieval film and how it affects its audience, while offering suggestions about why its themes are meaningful to us.

About the Author

William F. Woods is the M.V. Hughes Professor of English at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. He lives in Wichita.

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