The New Middle Ages

The Medieval Motion Picture

The Politics of Adaptation

Editors: Johnston, A., Rouse, M., Hinz, Philipp (Eds.)

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Providing new and challenging ways of understanding the medieval in the modern and vice versa, this volume highlights how medieval aesthetic experience breathes life into contemporary cinema. Engaging with the subject of time and temporality, the essays examine the politics of adaptation and our contemporary entanglement with the medieval.

About the authors

Andrew James Johnston is Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, and author of Performing the Middle Ages from Beowulf to Othello.

Margitta Rouse is Assistant Professor at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. She teaches medieval English literature as well as cinematic adaptation.

Philipp Hinz curates film festivals and publishes stage-to-screen adaptations on DVD.

Reviews

"The question of how various forms of art, discourse, and structure manage to negotiate the distance between various non-contiguous periods of history is at the heart of all medievalism studies. The contributors to The Medieval Motion Picture confront the issue of temporality by claiming, and demonstrating, for cinematic representations of medieval culture a joyous multimodality of temporal and aesthetic layers apt to adapt medieval artifacts, concepts, and practices to the diverse horizons of expectation postmedieval viewers bring to medievalist movies. From Kurosawa's Ran to HBO's Game of Thrones, the essays in this theoretically sophisticated volume reveal the complex dialogic interplay of pre-modern and (post)modern temporalities." - Richard Utz, Chair and Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

"This ambitious collection explores the ideas and practices that link medievalism studies, adaptation theory and cinema studies. The 'politics' of adaptation here are institutional and disciplinary: these original and inventive essays show how far medievalism has developed from earlier preoccupations with fidelity to sources or to the historical past. Using the temporal uncertainties of medieval film as a starting-point, many of these essays offer brilliant insights into the nature of cinematic representation." - Stephanie Trigg, Professor of English, University of Melbourne, Australia.

"With an eye to film's global purview, including Hollywood films set in various geographies and 'medieval' pasts, as well as to international cinema, the editors cast a wide theoretical net and reel in numerous illuminating insights into the nature and aesthetics of cinema that turns to the misty pasts of medievalism. Johnston, Rouse, and Hinz's The Medieval Motion Picture lays out exemplary readings that will enhance theoretical discussions of the cinematic Middle Ages, particularly in its focus on the temporal nature of adaptations, while also putting forth intriguing interpretations of a range of films, from masterpieces (Ran) to blockbuster successes (The Sixth Sense) to schlock (Timeline). Scholars of these films will benefit from the volume's detailed readings of them." - The Medieval Review


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: Temporalities of Adaptation

    Johnston, Andrew James (et al.)

    Pages 1-18

  • “Now is the Time”: Shakespeare’s Medieval Temporalities in Akira Kurosawa’s

    Keller, Jocelyn (et al.)

    Pages 19-40

  • Dracula’s Times: Adapting the Middle Ages in Francis Ford Coppola’s

    Lemke, Cordula

    Pages 41-56

  • Rethinking Anachronism for Medieval Film in Richard Donner’s

    Rouse, Margitta

    Pages 57-78

  • Otherness Redoubled and Refracted: Intercultural Dialogues in

    Klinger, Judith

    Pages 79-106

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Medieval Motion Picture
Book Subtitle
The Politics of Adaptation
Editors
  • A. Johnston
  • M. Rouse
  • Philipp Hinz
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Andrew James Johnston, Margitta Rouse, and Philipp Hinz
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-07424-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137074249
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-11250-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29443-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 233
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations
Topics