Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Coming Soon: Paperback Edition of Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture

Been meaning to post on this for a while: 

Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture
Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture

Paperback edition:

Published: 08-24-2017 Format: Paperback Edition: 1st Extent: 368 ISBN: 9781350021617 Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic Illustrations: 5 b/w illustrations Dimensions: 7 1/2" x 9 3/4" List price: $44.95

(Also available in hardcover [published in 2015]:

(Also available as an e-book)

About Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture

With contributions from 29 leading international scholars, this is the first single-volume guide to the appropriation of medieval texts in contemporary culture.

Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture covers a comprehensive range of media, including literature, film, TV, comic book adaptations, electronic media, performances, and commercial merchandise and tourism. Its lively chapters range from Spamalot to the RSC, Beowulf to Merlin, computer games to internet memes, opera to Young Adult fiction and contemporary poetry, and much more.

Also included is a companion website at aimed at general readers, academics, and students interested in the burgeoning field of medieval afterlives, complete with:

- Further reading/weblinks
- 'My favourite' guides to contemporary medieval appropriations
- Images and interviews
- Guide to library archives and manuscript collections
- Guide to heritage collection

Table of contents

Introduction: Living Medieval
Gail Ashton

I: True to Life: in the performance

1.Spamalot: Lovingly Ripping Off / Ripping On the Establishment
Jeff Massey and Brian Cogan

2. Medievalisms in Contemporary Opera
Robert Sturges

3. Medieval religious plays in England: afterlives and new lives through performance
Margaret Rogerson

4. Staging Chaucer: Mike Poulton and the Royal Shakespeare Company's Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales
Sarah Peverley

5. You Can't Do This to Disney! Popular Medievalisms in the Classroom
Meriem Pagès

6. Medieval Times: Tournaments and Jousting in Twenty-first Century North America
Elizabeth Emery

II: To Turn You On: the pleasures of texts- film, TV, gaming

7. From Anglo-Saxon to Angelina: Adapting Beowulf for Film
Stewart Brookes

8. Contemporary Neomedieval Digital Gaming: An Overview of Genres
Daniel T. Kline

9. Survey of 21st 'Medieval' Film
Lesley Coote

10. 'Camelot must come before all else': Fantasy and family in the BBC Merlin
Philippa Semper

11. Electronic Tolkien: Characterization in Film and Video Games
Carol L. Robinson

12. Chaucer in a (Television) Box: The BBC Canterbury Tales (2003)
Kathleen Coyne Kelly

III: More Than This: reimagings and reappropriations

13. Global Chaucers
Candace Barrington and Jonathan Hsy

14. Silence in the Library?-Medievalist Poetry Shout-Out
Gail Ashton

15. Coming of Age in the Middle Ages: The Quest for Identity in Medieval Novels for Young Adults
Angela Jane Weisl

16. Australian Medievalism: Time and Paradox
Louise D'Arcens

17. Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe as Contemporary Cult Figures
Fiona Tolhurst

18. Conjuring the Ghosts of Camelot: Tintagel and the Medievalism of Heritage Tourism
Laurie A. Finke and Susan Aronstein

IV: Avalon: icons and artefacts

19. Medievalism and Heroism in Arthurian Literature for Young People
Ann F. Howey

20. New Age and Neopagan Medievalisms
Karolyn Kinane

21. 21st-Century Templar
Cory James Rushton

22. Malory's Afterlives in Contemporary Culture
Raluca L. Radulescu

23. 'We Are Robin Hood': The Outlaw Tradition in Contemporary Popular Culture
Rob Gossedge

24. Harry Potter and Medievalism
Renée Ward

V: The Space Between: new media and fandom

25. Social Networking, Participatory Culture, and the Fandom World of Harry Potter
Amanda K. Allen

26. 'Nightcrawler's Inferno' and other Hellish Tales: Comics Adaptations of Dante
Jason Tondro

27. From Camelot to Kaamelott: The Arthurian Legend in British, American and French Comics
Daniel Nastali

28. Afterlives of Medieval Manuscripts
Wendy Scase

29. Medieval Memes
Maggie M. Williams and Lauren C. Razzore

Notes on Contributors

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Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture

Link to CFP on Medieval Monsters and Their Afterlives (9/15/17; Kalamazoo 2018)

The Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture is sponsoring a session for next year's International Congress on Medieval Studies on the topic of "Medieval Monsters and Their Afterlives", Please submit proposals and required information by 15 September 2017. Complete details can be accessed at

Michael Torregrossa

CFP International Association for Robin Hood Studies for Kalamazoo 2018 (9/1/17)

The International Association for Robin Hood Studies has also posted their calls for papers for the 2018 Medieval Congress. Session details are as follows:

 1. Multicultural, Multimedia Outlaws (Session of Papers)

The outlaw figure is a universal cross-cultural phenomenon. This session solicits papers that analyze adaptations of narratives about outlaws, whether literary or historical, male or female, from any period (medieval through contemporary), in any medium (ballad, saga, drama, novel, young adult fiction, films, television, comic books, opera, music, to name a few) from any location (Britain, Europe, America(s), Australia, Asia, ranging from the Merry Men to Icelandic outlaws, Ned Kelly, Pancho Villa, and Moll Flanders.

Please send 300-word abstracts, a brief bios, and completed Participant Information Forms to Lorraine Kochanske Stock ( by September 1, 2017.

  2. Oral Tactics of Medieval Outlaw Literature (Session of Papers)

This formal session of papers explores the modes of writing and of performance (and their interconnectedness) that exist within medieval outlaw tales. From the The Outlaw’s Song of Trailbaston to the late-medieval rhymes, plays, games, and “talkings” of Robin Hood, medieval outlaw tales are, like the medieval lyric, ad hoc, improvisatory, and situational works or literature. This session, inspired by Ingrid Nelson’s recent study Lyric Tactics, explores the ways in which the religious, societal, political, and manuscript contexts inform the genre, form, vernacular language, semantics, and voice of a medieval outlaw tale.

Please send 300-word abstracts, a brief bios, and completed Participant Information Forms to Lesley Coote ( and Alexander L. Kaufman ( by September 1, 2017.

Here is a link to the ICMS’s Participant Information Form:

CFP Tales Afer Tolkien Society for Kalamazoo 2018

The Tales After Tolkien Society have announced their sessions for next year's International Congress on Medieval Studies. Sessions are as follows:

I. Reclaiming the Dead and the Undead
A paper session, the panel seeks to interrogate appropriations of medieval concepts of un/death in contemporary media, attending to how the medieval corporeal/spiritual divide is reinscribed and transgressed by the appropriations. In brief, it means to look at how recent ideas of un/death correspond with medieval antecedents and what that correspondence suggests.

II. Medievalism in Metal
A roundtable, the panel seeks to investigate medieval referentiality--acoustic, iconographic, thematic, and otherwise--in metal music and among metal bands. (The session will likely need to make use of a/v equipment.)

Send submissions to

Further information is on their website at