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Premodern Rulers and Postmodern Viewers

Gender, Sex, and Power in Popular Culture (Queenship and Power)

By Janice North (Edited by), Karl C. Alvestad (Edited by), Elena Woodacre

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Format: Hardcover, 441 pages, 2018 Edition
Other Information: 12 Illustrations, color; Approx. 375 p. 12 illus. in color.
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.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Getting Modern: Depicting Premodern Power and Sexuality in Popular MediaI. Reappraising female rulers in the light of modern feminism(s)2. Early Modern Queens on Screen: Victors, Victims, Villains, Virgins, and Viragoes3. Silencing Queens: The Dominated Discourse of Historical Queens in Film4. Feminism, Fiction, and the Empress Matilda5. "She is my Eleanor": The Character of Isabella of Angouleme on Film - A Medieval Queen in Modern Media6. Women's Weapons in The White Queen7. "Men go to battle, women wage war": Gender Politics in The White Queen and its FandomII. Questions of adaptation: Bringing premodern queens to the page and screen8. Religious Medievalisms in RTVE's Isabel9. "The Queen of Time": Isabel I in The Ministry of Time (2015) and The Queen of Spain (2016)10. From Mad Love to Mad Lust: The Dangers of Female Desire in Twenty-First Century Representations of Juana I of Castile in Film and Television11. The Filmic Legacy of Queen Christina: Mika Kaurimaski's Girl King (2015) and Bernard Tavernier's Cinematic "Amazons" in D'Artagnan's Daughter (1994) and The Princess of Monpensier (2010)12. Thomas Imbach's Marian Biopic: Postmodern Period Drama or Old-Fashioned Psychogram?III. Undermining authority: Rulers with conflicted gender and sexual identities13. Queering Isabella: The "She-Wolf of France" in Film and Television14. Seeing Him for What He Was: Reimagining King Olaf II Haraldsson in Post-War Popular Culture15. Televising Boabdil, Last Muslim King of Granada16. A man? A woman? A lesbian? A whore?: Queen Elizabeth I and the Cinematic Subversion of Gender

About the Author

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.

EAN: 9783319687704
ISBN: 3319687700
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Age Range: 15+ years
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