Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media
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Biography and History in Film

Editors: Freeman, Thomas, Smith, David (Eds.)

  • Examines the relationship of biographical films from the 1920s to the 2010s to historical knowledge 
  • Demonstrates how films reflect changing understandings of historical figures and events
  • Considers how the categories of race, gender and sexuality are represented in biographical film
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The essays in this volume seek to analyze biographical films as representations of historical individuals and the times in which they lived. To do this, contributors examine the context in which certain biographical films were made, including the state of knowledge about their subjects at that moment, and what these films reveal about the values and purposes of those who created them. This is an original approach to biographical (as opposed to historical) films and one that has so far played little part in the growing literature on historical films. The films discussed here date from the 1920s to the 2010s, and deal with males and females in periods ranging from the Middle Ages to the end of the twentieth century. In the process, the book discusses how biographical films reflect changing attitudes towards issues such as race, gender and sexuality, and examines the influence of these films on popular perceptions of the past. The introduction analyses the nature of biographical films as a genre: it compares and contrasts the nature of biography on film with written biographies, and considers their relationship with the discipline of history.

About the authors

Thomas S. Freeman is Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Essex, UK. He is the co-author of Religion and the Book in Early Modern England: the Making of Foxe’s ‘Book of Martyrs’ (2011).  He is also the co-editor of The Tudors and Stuarts on Film (2008), and four other volumes on early modern English history.

David L. Smith is Fellow, Director of Studies in History, and Graduate Tutor at Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, UK.  His books include Constitutional Royalism and the Search for Settlement, c. 1640-1649 (1994), A History of the Modern British Isles, 1603-1707 (1998), The Stuart Parliaments, 1603-1689 (1999), and (with Patrick Little), Parliaments and Politics during the Cromwellian Protectorate (2007).     


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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Biography and History in Film
Editors
  • Thomas Freeman
  • David Smith
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-89408-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-89407-2
Edition Number
1
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