Medievalism and Genre
Rather than focusing on the medievalism of a single genre, this volume puts multiple genres in dialogue and considers both medievalism and genre to be frameworks from which meaning can be produced. Chapters in it explore works from a wide range of genres—children’s and young adult, historical, cyberpunk, fantasy, science fiction, romance, and crime—and across multiple media—fiction, film, television, video games, and music. The range of media types and genres enable comparison, and the identification of overarching trends, while also allowing comparison of contrasting phenomena.
Connecting Old and New Diasporas to the Homeland
From the historical movements of enslaved Africans to the Americas to newer migrations of Africans to spaces like Belgium and France, experiences of blackness on a global stage reflect themes of negotiation, persecution, isolation, unification, remembrance, and much more. Yet, it is impossible to minimize the complex experiences that make up the African diaspora throughout the world, as diasporic communities face a range of struggles. This book is thus a timely and much-needed exploration of the intricate nature of culture and life in the African diaspora.
Remembering the Past, Changing the Future
Unlike earlier scholarship on slavery, this study addresses the memory of slavery from a transnational perspective. It offers comparative analyses which interlace the variety of memories emerging in diverse national contexts and fields of study and shed light on the ways local countermemories have interacted with and responded to hegemonic narratives of slavery. The inclusion of Brazil and the French, English, and Spanish Caribbean alongside the US and Europe, and the various approaches (cinema, popular culture, visual culture, anthropology, literary studies) expand the current understanding of the slave past and how it is reimagined.
Following thirty years of suppression as feudal superstition, Chinese popular religion has made a spectacular comeback since the 1980s. One aspect of this phenomenon has been the return of precious scrolls as ritual and entertainment in several regions of China. Given the wealth of important information to be reaped, it is not surprising these materials are attracting growing scholarly attention. This unprecedented book is thus a significant foray into the area because it provides complete and annotated translations of six precious scrolls, which have never before been translated.