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The Persistence of Medievalism 2003rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0312239688
ISBN-10: 0312239688
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Angela Jane Weisl is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Seton Hall University.

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Product Details

  • Series: The New Middle Ages
  • Hardcover: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2003 edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312239688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312239688
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,126,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Have you ever wondered why a dusty, misshapen baseball can sell at auction for a staggering sum of money? Read this book. Do you scratch your head over the way sportswriters and broadcasters build up, tear down and then resurrect the "heroes" they cover? Read this book. Have you ever visited a Hall of Fame and asked yourself why the sight of old uniforms and trophies seemed to connect you with something larger than yourself? Read this book. Have you ever wondered why female crew-members of futuristic starships so often sport mini-skirts or cat-suits? Read this book. Did you think it strange or horrible or wonderful that an exhibition devoted to "Star Wars" made the rounds of American Museums recently? Read this book. Not only does it illuminate all these curious corners of American cultural life (and more), it does so with a grace and humor rarely found in academic writing, surprisingly finding answers in a detailed comparison with parallel phenomena of Medieval culture. This wonderful book, in sum, is at once delightful to read and intellectually accomplished, addressing the surprising persistence of the cultural values of the Middle Ages in modern popular culture (which Weisl astutely distinguishes from mass culture by reference to the active participation of fans themselves--the populace--in its creation, dissemination and preservation). Only one tiny quibble: the frontispiece, which shows St. Christopher as a gigantic baseball hero carrying an adoring child over a stream, really ought to be the cover, as it perfectly expresses the double-vision of the book itself.
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