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Medieval and Early Modern Film and Media - R. Burt

Medieval and Early Modern Film and Media

By: R. Burt (Editor)


Published: 18th January 2011
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"Medieval and Early Modern Film and Media" contextualizes historical films in an innovative way--not only relating them to the history of cinema, but also to premodern and early modern media. This philological approach to the (pre)history of cinema engages both old media such as scrolls, illuminated manuscripts, the Bayeux Tapestry, and new digital media such as DVDs, HD DVDs, and computers. Burt examines the uncanny repetitions that now fragment films into successively released alternate cuts and extras (footnote tracks, audiocommentaries, and documentaries) that (re)structure and reframe historical films, thereby presenting new challenges to historicist criticism and film theory. With a double focus on recursive narrative frames and the cinematic paratexts of medieval and early modern film, this book calls our attention to strange, sometimes opaque phenomena in film and literary theory that have previously gone unrecognized.

“Burt's book reflects on the contemporary fascination with 'all things medieval, ' and offers a comprehensive and ambitious examination of a wide range of films...It has much to offer scholars interested in the intersection of historical studes and literary and media theory.”—Marina Gerzic, "Parergon"

“A marvelously rich and surprising book. Combining formal attentiveness with the giddy pleasures of the improbable detour, Burt's analysis of what he terms the ‘philological uncanny’ takes us from medieval illuminated manuscripts to digital media, from Shakespeare to spell-check, from the copyright page to the interpretive industry itself. Burt opens central, expansive questions about the logic of texts, about the character of historical time, even about the ongoing vexations of the academic unconscious.”—Christopher Pye, Professor of English, Williams College

“What if it was now possible to psychoanalyze our compulsive desire for

Introduction: Film Before and After New Media, Anec-notology, and the Philological Uncanny
The Medieval and Early Modern Cinematographosphere: De-composing Paratexts, Media Analogues, and the Living Dead Hands of Surrealism, Psychoanalysis, and New Historicism
The Passion of El Cid and the Circumfixion of Cinematic History: Stereotypology/Phantomimesis/Cryptomorphoses
Cutting and (Re)Running from the (Medieval) Middle East: The Return of the Film Epic and the Uncanny Mise-hors-scnes of Kingdom of HeavenâÇÖs Double DVDs
Le d©tour de Martin Guerre: âÇ£Anec-notesâÇ  of Historical Film Advisors, Archival Aberrations, and the Uncanny Subject of the Academic Paratext
Epilegomenon: Anec-Post-It-Note to Self: Freud, Greenblatt, and the New Historicist Uncanny
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ISBN: 9780230105607
ISBN-10: 0230105602
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 279
Published: 18th January 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.99  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1