Hollywood Knights: Arthurian Cinema and the Politics of Nostalgia

Hollywood Knights: Arthurian Cinema and the Politics of Nostalgia

by S. Aronstein


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Hollywood Knights examines Hollywood Arthuriana as political nostalgia offered to American viewers during times of cultural crisis: the red scare of the 1950s, the breakdown of traditional authority in the 1960s and 1970s, the turn to the right in the 1980s and the redemption of masculine and national authority in the 1990s. Its analysis of these films explores their proposal of an ideal past - an Americanized Camelot and a democratized chivalry - as the solution to the problems of a troubled present, a solution that will ensure prosperity in the homeland and a globally beneficial American authority abroad.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403966490
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 10/13/2005
Series: Arthurian and Courtly Cultures
Edition description: 2005
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

Susan Aronstein is Professor of English at the University of Wyoming, USA.

Table of Contents

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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