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Medieval and Early Modern Film and Media
Edited by Richard Burt
Palgrave Macmillan
19 Sep 2008
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19 Jan 2011
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This collection examines a wide range of films and offers a dialogical model of film that preconceives the past and present as the remediation of old media by newer media.


This collection examines a wide range of films and offers a dialogical model of film that preconceives the past and present as the remediation of old media by newer media.


"Like much of Burt's work, this book displays a dizzying array of ideas and information and speaks intelligently on all of it. Burt's knowledge of his diverse texts and subjects in this book is minute and encyclopedic. Medieval and Early Modern Film and Media is extremely well researched, and its weighty theoretical underpinnings are everywhere evident...Burt is a creative scholar known for pushing the boundaries in his work, and this book accomplishes that with panache...Burt has done much fine work in this book: it is erudite, playful, and challenging." - Renaissance Quarterly

"An important and theoretically sophisticated exploration of the ways that the emergence of new media necessitates a reexamination of the status of medieval films as textual artifacts that are not entirely distinct from the premodern sources on which they are based." - Sixteenth Century Journal

"Burt's book reflects on the contemporary fascination with 'all things medieval,' and offers a comprehensive and ambitious examination of a wide range of films...Burt's book has much to offer scholars interested in the intersection of historical studes and literary and media theory." - Parergon

"A marvelously rich and surprising book. Combining formal attentiveness with the giddy pleasures of the improbable detour, Burt's analysis of what he terms the 'philological uncanny' takes us from medieval illuminated manuscripts to digital media, from Shakespeare to spell-check, from the copyright page to the interpretive industry itself. Burt opens central, expansive questions about the logic of texts, about the character of historical time, even about the ongoing vexations of the academic unconscious." - Christopher Pye, Professor of English, Williams College

"What if it was now possible to psychoanalyze our compulsive desire for historicism (old and new)? What if the arrival of the new media with its complex paratextual apparatus made legible the unconscious filmic techniques of contemporary literary critics? Burt's astonishingly ambitious Medieval and Early Modern Film and Media makes just this argument, moving effortlessly between seemingly disparate fields (historicism, film studies, and digital technologies) to offer a symptomatic reading of the 'historicist uncanny.'" - Julian Yates, author of Error, Misuse, Failure: Object Lessons from the English Renaissance

"This playful and lucid venture into the enduring popular appeal of the Middle Ages on film offers close readings of canonical works, but also brings refreshing energy and perspective to academic modes of critical reception. In this ground-breaking volume, Burt digs deep in the media history of medievalism, unearths the decomposing paratexts of cinematic representation, and confronts the uncanny middle-ages crisis of new historicism." - Peter Krapp, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, University of California, Irvine

"Mapping the transition from medieval and early modern media onto the transition from celluloid to digital cinema, Burt offers brilliant and very witty close readings of a wide variety of major historical films. This breakthrough contribution to media studies reveals a history that is much, much stranger than heretofore imagined." - Bryan Reynolds, Professor of Drama, University of California, Irvine


The New Errat/a/i/cism: Philology, Film Theory, and Psychoanalysis
The Medieval and Early Modern Cinemato-Graphosphere
The Schlock of the Medieval: Of Manuscript and Film Prologues, Paratexts, and Parodies
Re-embroidering the Bayeux Tapestry in Film and Media: The Flip Side of History in Opening and End Title Sequences
The Passion of El Cid and the Circumfixion of Cinematic History: Stereo-Typology / Phanto-Mimesis / Cryptomorphoses
Tele-Typing Cinematic History: The Religious Film Epic, Philology, and Wounding Writing
K/Irakqing Up the Crusades: The Uncanny Mises-hors-scène of Kingdom of Heaven's Double DVDs
Le détour de Martin Guerre: Anec-notes of Historical Film Advisors, Archival Aberrations, and the Uncanny Subject of the Academic Paratext
Anec-Post-It-Note to Self: Freud, Greenblatt, and the New Historicist Uncanny


RICHARD BURT is Professor of English and Media Studies at the University of Florida, USA.