The Vikings on Film: Essays on Depictions of the Nordic Middle Ages

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Kevin J. Harty
McFarland, Jan 10, 2014 - Performing Arts - 236 pages
Factual and fanciful tales of the Nordic warriors known as Vikings have proven irresistible to filmmakers for nearly a century. Diverse, prominent actors from Kirk Douglas, Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier to Tim Robbins and John Cleese, and noted directors, including Richard Fleischer, Clive Donner and Terry Jones, have all lent their talents to Viking–related films. These fourteen essays on films dealing with the Viking era discuss American, British and European productions. Analyzed in detail are such films as The Vikings (1958), The Long Ships (1964), Alfred the Great (1969), Erik the Viking (1989) and Outlander (2008), as well as two comic-strip adaptations, the 1954 and 1989 films of Prince Valiant and the animated Astérix and the Vikings (2006). A comprehensive filmography is also included.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
The Trope of the Scopic in The Vikings 1958
9
Guess Whos Coming to Plunder? Or Disorientation and Desire in The Long Ships 1964
24
To be or not to beKing
39
Valiant and Villainous Vikings
46
Silly Vikings
56
When Civilization Was Less Civilized
72
Whos Savage Now? The Vikings in North America
106
Call of the Wild
121
Harrying an Infinite Horizon
135
Between Exploitation and Liberation
150
Time Out of Joint
165
Northern Lite
178
The Vikings on Film
193
About the Contributors
215

The Love of All Mankind but Also the Love of One Woman Alone
83
Different Pathfinders Different Destinations
96

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Kevin J. Harty, a professor and chair of English, and coordinator of the Undergraduate General Education Core, at La Salle University in Philadelphia and associate editor of Arthuriana, the official journal of the North American Branch of the International Arthurian Society (of which he is the former president), has written 14 books.

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