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Queenship and Power

Premodern Rulers and Postmodern Viewers

Gender, Sex, and Power in Popular Culture

Editors: North, Janice, Alvestad, Karl C., Woodacre, Elena (Eds.)

  • Examines how modern gender ideologies influence representations of premodern monarchs in popular media
  • Covers a wide range of recent and well-known films, television shows, and historical fiction from both European and American markets
  • Appeals to scholars of medievalism, royal studies, and gender studies
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eBook 95,19 €
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  • Due: January 23, 2018
  • ISBN 978-3-319-68771-1
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Hardcover 119,59 €
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  • Due: January 23, 2018
  • ISBN 978-3-319-68770-4
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About this book

Pop culture portrayals of medieval and early modern monarchs are rife with tension between authenticity and modern mores, producing anachronisms such as a feminist Queen Isabel (in RTVE’s Isabel) and a lesbian Queen Christina (in The Girl King). This book examines these anachronisms as a dialogue between premodern and postmodern ideas about gender and sexuality, raising questions of intertemporality, the interpretation of history, and the dangers of presentism. Covering a range of famous and lesser-known European monarchs on screen, from Elizabeth I to Muhammad XII of Granada, this book addresses how the lives of powerful women and men have been mythologized in order to appeal to today’s audiences. The contributors interrogate exactly what is at stake in these portrayals; namely, our understanding of premodern rulers, the gender and sexual ideologies they navigated, and those that we navigate today. 

About the authors

Janice North is an independent scholar and specialist in medieval and Golden Age Iberian literature.
Karl C. Alvestad is Lecturer in History at the University of Winchester, UK. 
Elena Woodacre is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History at the University of Winchester, UK. 

Buy this book

eBook 95,19 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • Due: January 23, 2018
  • ISBN 978-3-319-68771-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover 119,59 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • Due: January 23, 2018
  • ISBN 978-3-319-68770-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Premodern Rulers and Postmodern Viewers
Book Subtitle
Gender, Sex, and Power in Popular Culture
Editors
  • Janice North
  • Karl C. Alvestad
  • Elena Woodacre
Series Title
Queenship and Power
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-68771-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-68771-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-68770-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 441
Number of Illustrations and Tables
12 illustrations in colour
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