Friday, March 6, 2009

Coming soon from McFarland (Hollywood in the Holy Land)


Hollywood in the Holy Land: Essays on Film Depictions of the Crusades and Christian-Muslim Clashes
Edited by Nickolas Haydock and E.L. Risden

ISBN 978-0-7864-4156-3
24 photos, notes, filmographies, bibliographies, index
319pp. softcover 2009

Price: $39.95

Not Yet Published, Available Spring/Summer 2009 (Update 3/26/09: now available)

Description
An exciting new work in the field of movie medievalism, this collection of essays focuses on film representations of the Crusades, other medieval East/West encounters, and the modern inheritance of encounters between orientalist fantasy and apocalyptic conspiracy. The essays make substantial contributions to our understanding of orientalist medievalism in film. Several study the filmic representations of popular figures such as El Cid, Roland, Richard I, and Saladin in films like Anthony Mann’s El Cid and Frank Cassenti’s Chanson de Roland.

Other topics include the political crusade in Youssef Chahine’s El Naser Salah Ad Din, the redemption of history and templar romance in the recent films National Treasure and The Da Vinci Code, and the role of set design and location in cinematic medievalism. A comprehensive introduction draws parallels between the medieval-era crusades and the modern inter-faith wars at the center of mass-mediated political discourse in the post-9/11 world.

About the Author
Nickolas Haydock is professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. In addition to movie medievalism and film, he also writes about medieval Scots literature.

E.L. Risden is an associate professor of English at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. He has published books and essays on medieval and Renaissance studies as well as poetry and fiction. He is also the editor of Sir Gawain and the Classical Tradition (2006).


Table of Contents

Introduction: “The Unseen Cross Upon the Breast:” Medievalism, Orientalism, and Discontent
NICKOLAS HAYDOCK 1 [available for download]

1. Framing the West, Staging the East: Set Design, Location, and Landscape in Cinematic Medievalism
JOHN M. GANIM 31
2. Homeland Security: Northern Crusades through the East-European Eyes of Alexander Nevsky and the Nevsky Tradition
NICKOLAS HAYDOCK 47
3. Now Starring in the Third Crusade: Depictions of Richard I and Saladin in Films and Television Series
LORRAINE KOCHANSKE STOCK 93
4. SaladiNasser: Nasser’s Political Crusade in El Naser Salah Ad-Din
PAUL B. STURTEVANT 123
5. “La geste que Turoldus declinet”: History and Authorship in Frank Cassenti’s Chanson de Roland
LYNN RAMEY 147
6. Agenda Layered Upon Agenda: Anthony Mann’s 1961 Film El Cid
KEVIN J. HARTY 161
7. El Cid: Defeat of the Cresentade
TOM SHIPPEY 169
8. Nobody but the Other Buddy: Hollywood, the Crusades, and Buddy Pictures
E. L. RISDEN 186
9. Medieval Times: Bodily Temporalities in The Thief of Bagdad (1924), The Thief of Bagdad (1940), and Aladdin (1992)
KATHLEEN COYNE KELLY 200
10. Chivalric Conspiracies: Templar Romance and the Redemption of History in National Treasure and The Da Vinci Code
SUSAN ARONSTEIN and ROBERT TORRY 225
11. On the Border: Merging East and West in Cadfael’s Twelfth-Century Shropshire
WILLIAM F. HODAPP 246
12. Movie Millenarianism: Left Behind, Script/ure and the Sleeping Dragon
CHRISTOPHER POWERS 269

Epilogue: Resisting Manichean Delirium
E. L. RISDEN 290
About the Contributors 299
Index 303


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