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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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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. 

Reviews

“Premodern Rulers and Postmodern Viewers is a timely and important collection of essays. Throughout the book, its authors deliver a wide range of essays and methodologies (including transmedia, fandom, feminism, and visual culture); the resulting book offers thoughtful, insightful, and much-needed analysis of premodern women in modern representations. This will be an excellent book for both students and their teachers, offering both rigorous, cutting-edge scholarship as well as critical analysis which fills an important gap in existing scholarship.” (Andrew Elliott, Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Lincoln, UK)

“This original and innovative collection of essays sheds new light on enduring questions and on the relationship between media and the history of queenship.” (Núria Silleras-Fernández, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Introduction—Getting Modern: Depicting Premodern Power and Sexuality in Popular Media

    North, Janice (et al.)

    Pages 1-19

  • Early Modern Queens on Screen: Victors, Victims, Villains, Virgins, and Viragoes

    Woodacre, Elena

    Pages 27-50

  • Silencing Queens: The Dominated Discourse of Historical Queens in Film

    Harper, April

    Pages 51-68

  • Feminism, Fiction, and the Empress Matilda

    Weikert, Katherine

    Pages 69-89

  • ‘She Is My Eleanor’: The Character of Isabella of Angoulême on Film—A Medieval Queen in Modern Media

    Fleiner, Carey

    Pages 91-110

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-68771-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-68770-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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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
XIX, 351
Number of Illustrations
12 illustrations in colour
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