Extended Bibliography

Note: This list contains sources on medieval-themed extremism published in academic books and journals within the last 20 years. For earlier studies of medievalism, see our other relevant resources section here. For articles on these issues published in journalistic outlets, see our “in the news” section here. Where practical, we have listed an entire anthology or journal special issue in lieu of individual essays.

Gender and Sexuality

Contemporary Politics

Marian Bleeke, “Modern Knights, Medieval Snails, and Naughty Nuns,” in Whose Middle Ages: Teachable Moments for an Ill-Used Past, Fordham University Press, 2019: 196-207.

Will Cerbone, “Real Men of the Viking Age,” in Whose Middle Ages: Teachable Moments for an Ill-Used Past, Fordham University Press, 2019: 243-255.

Dyan Elliot, Sexual Scandal and the Clergy: A Medieval Blueprint for Disaster, in Celia Chazelle, Simon Doubleday, Felice Lifshitz, and Amy G. Remensnyder, eds., Why the Middle Ages Matter: Medieval Light on Modern Injustice, Routledge, 2011: 90-105.

Laurie A. Finke and Martin B. Shichtman, “Arthur Pendragon, Eco-Warrior,” Arthuriana 23.1 (2013): 5-19.

Laurie A. Finke and Martin B. Shichtman, “Who’s Your Daddy? New Age Grails.” Arthuriana 19.2 (2009): 25-33.

Ali Frauman, “Chasing Freyja: Rape, Immigration, and the Medieval in Alt-Right Discourse,” Studies in Medievalism XXIX (2020): 67-82.

Amy S. Kaufman, “Anxious Medievalism: An American Romance,” The Year’s Work in Medievalism 22 (2008): 5–13.

Amy S. Kaufman, “His Princess: An Arthurian Family Drama,” Arthuriana 22.3 (2012): 41–56.

Amy S. Kaufman, “Muscular Medievalism,” The Year’s Work in Medievalism 31 (2016).

Historical Medievalisms

Mary Dockray Miller, Public Medievalists, Racism, and Suffrage in the American Women’s College, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Michael R. Evans, Inventing Eleanor: The Medieval and Post-Medieval Image of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Bloomsbury, 2016.

Barbara Gribling, “‘The Dark Side of Chivalry’: Victory, Violence, and The Victorians,” in Chivalry and the Medieval Past, ed. Katie Stevenson, Woodbridge, UK: Boydell Press, 2016.

 

Tison Pugh, Queer Chivalry: The Myth of White Masculinity in Southern Literature, LSU Press, 2013.

Kris Swank, “ ‘I Shall Take No Wife’: Celibate Societies in Westeros and Western Civilization,” in Brian A. Pavlac, ed., Game of Thrones versus History: Written in Blood, Wiley-Blackwell, 2017: 209-224.

Fiona Tolhurst, “Helping Girls to Be Heroic?: Some Recent Arthurian Fiction for Young Adults,” Arthuriana 22.3 (2012): 69-90.

Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture

Danielle Alesi, “The Power of Sansa Stark: A Representation of Female Agency in Late Medieval England,” in Game of Thrones versus History: Written in Blood, ed. Brian A. Pavlac, Wiley-Blackwell, 2017: 161-170.

Susan Aronstein, Hollywood Knights: Arthurian Cinema and the Politics of Nostalgia, Palgrave MacMillan, 2005.

Susan Aronstein and Laurie A. Finke, “The Queens of Avalon: William Forbush’s Arthurian Antidote,” Arthuriana 22.3 (2012): 21-40.

Shiloh Carroll, “ ‘You Ought to be in Skirts and Me in Mail’: Gender and History in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire,” in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and the Medieval Literary Tradition, ed. Bartłomiej Błaszkiewicz, Warsaw University Press, 2014: 247-260.

Shiloh Carroll, Medievalism in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones, D. S. Brewer, 2018.

Stephanie Downes and Helen Young, “The Maiden Fair: Nineteenth-Century Medievalist Art and the Gendered Aesthetics of Whiteness in HBO’s Game of Thrones,” Postmedieval 10.2 (2019): 219-235.

Laurie A. Finke and Martin B. Shichtman, Cinematic Illuminations: The Middle Ages on Film. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.

Kavita Mudan Finn, ed. Fan Phenomena: Game of Thrones, University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Kavita Mudan Finn, “High and Mighty Queens of Westeros,” in Game of Thrones vs. History: Written in Blood, ed. Brian A. Pavlac, Wiley-Blackwell, 2017: 19-32.

 

Valerie Estelle Frankel, Women in “Game of Thrones”: Power, Conformity, and Resistance, McFarland, 2014.

Kevin J. Harty, ed. Medieval Women on Film: Essays on Gender, Cinema, and History. McFarland, 2020.

Kevin J. Harty, ed., The Vikings on Film: Essays on Depictions of the Nordic Middle Ages, McFarland, 2011.

Leah Haught, “What if Your Future Was the Past?’: Temporality, Gender, and the ‘Isms’ of Outlander,” Year’s Work in Medievalism (30): 2015.

Felice Lifshitz, “Women: The Da Vinci Code and The Fabrication of Tradition,” in Celia Chazelle, Simon Doubleday, Felice Lifshitz, and Amy G. Remensnyder, eds., Why the Middle Ages Matter: Medieval Light on Modern Injustice, Routledge, 2011: 66-76.

Nicole M. Mares, “Writing the Rules of Their Own Game: Medieval Female Agency and Game of Thrones,” in Game of Thrones versus History: Written in Blood, ed. Brian A. Pavlac, Wiley-Blackwell, 2017: 147-160.

Steven Muhlberger, “Chivalry in Westeros,” in Brian A. Pavlac, ed., Game of Thrones versus History: Written in Blood, Wiley-Blackwell, 2017: 47-56.

Tison Pugh and Lynn Tarte Ramey, eds. Race, Class, and Gender in “Medieval” Cinema, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Zita Eva Rohr and Lisa Benz, eds. Queenship and the Women of Westeros: Female Agency and Advice in Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire, Palgrave, 2019.

Paul B. Sturtevant, The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination: Memory, Film, and Medievalism, Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.

Sexualities and Queer Identities

Kathleen Coyne Kelly and Tison Pugh, eds., Queer Movie Medievalisms, Routledge, 2009.

Jonathan Hsy, “Co-disciplinarity,” in Elizabeth Emery and Richard Utz, eds., Medievalism: Key Critical Terms, D. S. Brewer, 2014: 43-51.

Matthew Kuefler, “Homosexuality: Augustine and the Christian Closet,” in Celia Chazelle, Simon Doubleday, Felice Lifshitz, and Amy G. Remensnyder, eds., Why the Middle Ages Matter: Medieval Light on Modern Injustice, Routledge, 2011: 77-89.

Serina Patterson, “Women, Queerness, and Massive Chalice: Medievalism in Participatory Culture,” Studies in Medievalism XXIV (2015): 63–74.

 

Tison Pugh, Queer Chivalry: The Myth of White Masculinity in Southern Literature, LSU Press, 2013.

Andrew Reeves, “Charting Sexuality and Stopping Sin,” in Whose Middle Ages: Teachable Moments for an Ill-Used Past, Fordham University Press, 2019: 208-219.

Juanita Feros Ruys, “Love,” in Elizabeth Emery and Richard Utz, eds., Medievalism: Key Critical Terms, D. S. Brewer, 2014: 125-132.

Kris Swank, “ ‘I Shall Take No Wife’: Celibate Societies in Westeros and Western Civilization,” in Brian A. Pavlac, ed., Game of Thrones versus History: Written in Blood, Wiley-Blackwell, 2017: 209-224.

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