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Hollywood Knights : Arthurian Cinema and the Politics of Nostalgia - Susan Aronstein

Hollywood Knights

Arthurian Cinema and the Politics of Nostalgia

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Published: 1st October 2005
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Hollywood Knights examines the role played by Hollywood films in America's appropriation of the medieval past in times of cultural crisis. It analyzes the Arthurian films produced during the red scare of the 1950s, the breakdown of traditional authority in the 1960s and '70s, the turn to the right in the 1980s, and the redemption of national and masculine authority in the 1990s, arguing that these films propose an idealized past--an American Camelot and a democratic chivalry--to solve the problems of a troubled present, ensure prosperity at home, and extend a beneficial American authority abroad. Movies discussed include The Knights of the Round Table, The Sword in the Stone, Camelot, the Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogies, Excalibur, and The Fisher King.

Introduction
Back to the Future: Modern Medievalism in England and America
In the Days of King Arthur: Legend and Crisis
The Knights of the Round Table: Camelot in Hollywood
"Once There Was a Spot:" Camelot and the Crisis of the Sixties
"Let's Not Go to Camelot:" Deconstructing Myth
A New Myth: Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones, and Recuperative Politics
The Return of the King: Arthur and the Quest for True Manhood
Revisiting the Round Table: Arthur's American Dream
Epilogue: Excalibur Hotel, May 30, 2003
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ISBN: 9781403966490
ISBN-10: 1403966494
Series: Arthurian and Courtly Cultures
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st October 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Annotated