Archives par étiquette : croisade

Parution : Playing the Middle Ages

Robert Houghton (dir.), Playing the Middle Ages. Pitfalls and Potential in Modern Games, Bloomsbury, 2023.

The Middle Ages have provided rich source material for physical and digital games from Dungeons and Dragons to Assassin’s Creed. This volume addresses the many ways in which different formats and genre of games represent the period. It considers the restrictions placed on these representations by the mechanical and gameplay requirements of the medium and by audience expectations of these products and the period, highlighting innovative attempts to overcome these limitations through game design and play.

Playing the Middle Ages considers a number of important and timely issues within the field including: one, the connection between medieval games and political nationalistic rhetoric; two, trends in the presentation of religion, warfare and other aspects of medieval society and their connection to modern culture; three, the problematic representations of race; and four, the place of gender and sexuality within these games and the broader gaming community.

The book draws on the experience of a wide-ranging and international group of academics across disciplines and from games designers. Through this combination of expertise, it provides a unique perspective on the representation of the Middle Ages in modern games and drives key discussions in the fields of history and game design.


Table des matières

List of Figures
List of Contributors
1 The Middle Ages in Modern Games: An Adolescent Field Robert Houghton, University of Winchester, UK
2 Unbending Medievalisms: Finding counterfactual history in sandbox games set in the Middle Ages, Ylva Grufstedt, Malmö University, Sweden
3 Playing the Sonic Past: reflections on sound in medieval-themed video games, Mariana López, University of York, UK
4 Medieval Sounds, Sounding Medieval, Karen M. Cook, University of Hartford, USA
5 All on board for the Crusades, Gordon Smith, University of Edinburgh, UK
6 Subverting the Valiant Crusader: The Sarafan in the Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver series, Liam McLeodUniversity of Birmingham, UK
7 Making Friendships, Breaking Friendships: Exploring Viking-Age Social Roles Through Player Strategy in A Feast for OdinAdam Bierstedt, University of Reykjavik, Iceland
8 Abandoning Civilization: Medieval Rulership in Crusader Kings IIIReigns, and Mount and Blade: Warband, Robert Houghton, University of Winchester, UK
9 Joan of Arc, the Meme of Orléans: The Playful Liberties Taken with History by the Age of Empires 2 Gaming Community, Jonathan Bloch, Independent Scholar
10 On the Postcolonial Analysis of ‘Indians’ in Age of Empires II: A Theory of “Ethical Programs” Behind Postcolonial Criticisms of Videogames, Neil Nagwekar
11 Virtually (De)Colonized: Racial Identity and Colonialism in the Middle Ages and as Depicted in Kingdom Come: DeliveranceInnocence: A Plague TaleThe Elder Scrolls, and Black Desert Online, Johansen Quijano, University of Texas at Arlington, USA
12 Representations of Medieval Gender Archetypes in Fantasy Role-Playing Games, Markus Eldegard Mindrebø, Royal Holloway, UK
13 Ashen, Hollow, Cursed: Fragile Knighthood in the Dark Souls Series and its Medieval Antecedents, Patrick Butler, University of Connecticut, USA
14 Matilda of Canossa and Crusader Kings II: (Papal) Warrior Princess, Blair Apgar, University of York, UK


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Parution : Representing the Crusades

Sandra GorgievskiRepresenting the Crusades. From Medieval Imagination to Contemporary Popular Culture, McFarland, 2023.

How are the Crusades portrayed in popular culture today? Have the medieval images of chivalric and military heroes survived the eras of Orientalism and decolonization? The first of its kind, this comparative study examines representations of the Crusades in both European and Arab medieval texts and in 20th and 21st century transmedia recreations. Construction of memory is traced from cartography and illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages through modern, hybridized narratives in novels, film, comics and gaming. The shifting literary tastes, political agendas and cultural exchanges of audiences on both sides of the Mediterranean reflect their anxieties and ideals.

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Séminaire: Guerre et médiévalisme

Le séminaire “Guerre et médiévalisme” organisé par Aude Mairey abordera pour l’année 2023 diverses facettes de la guerre médiévale et de ses représentations et usages contemporains. Il aura lieu les vendredis de 14h à 16h, salle Perroy à la Sorbonne, et sera accessible en visio.

27 janvier 2023 – Aude Mairey, « Introduction ».

10 février 2023 – Benoît Bouzigues (Université de Montréal), « Les animaux dans les guerres des univers de Tolkien et Lewis ».

10 mars 2023 – Alban Gautier et Victor Barabino (Université de Caen), « De Saxo Grammaticus à Robert Eggers : figures d’Amleth le guerrier ».

17 mars 2023 – Florian Besson (agrégé et docteur en histoire), « Dieu le veut ! De la science-fiction à l’extrême-droite, retour sur les croisades imaginaires ».

31 mars 2023 – Enki Baptiste (Université Lumière Lyon 2 (CIHAM-UMR 5648) et Institut français d’islamologie), « Le médiévalisme de l’État islamique, ou le fantasme de la guerre des origines ».

14 avril 2023 – Bruno Dumézil (Sorbonne Université – Ecole polytechnique), « Conan et autres barbares : constantes et métamorphoses de l’altérité ».


Détails et inscriptions sur le site d’Aude Mairey.

Sandra Gorgievski (U. de Toulon))

Sandra GORGIEVSKI est agrégée d’anglais, maître de conférences-HDR à l’Université de Toulon, docteur et habilitée à diriger les recherches de l’Université Paris 4-Sorbonne. Elle travaille sur les résurgences de l’imaginaire médiéval aujourd’hui, et actuellement sur les croisades. Elle a publié deux ouvrages – Face to Face with Angels. Images in Medieval Art and in Film (Jefferson, McFarland, 2010) et Le Mythe d’Arthur : de l’imaginaire médiéval à la culture de masse (Liège, Céfal, 2003), ainsi que des articles sur le mythe arthurien, Lady Godiva, Beowulf et la figure de l’ange. Elle a co-dirigé deux numéros de Babel-Littératures plurielles: Le Moyen Âge mis en scène, 15 (2007) et Littérature et cinéma, 24 (2011). Membre du laboratoire Babel, elle a co-dirigé et mis en ligne la collection Babel-Littératures plurielles

CV : http://babel.univ-tlnfr/2010/12/sandra-gorgievski/

Parution : Mémoires des croisades

Megan Cassidy-Welch (ed.), Remembering the Crusades and Crusading, Abingdon, Routledge, 2017.

Remembering the Crusades and Crusading examines the diverse contexts in which crusading was memorialised and commemorated in the medieval world and beyond. The collection not only shows how the crusades were commemorated in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, but also considers the longer-term remembrance of the crusades into the modern era.

This collection is divided into three sections, the first of which deals with the textual, material and visual sources used to remember. Each contributor introduces a particular body of source material and presents case studies using those sources in their own research. The second section contains four chapters examining specific communities active in commemorating the crusades, including religious communities, family groups and royal courts. Finally, the third section examines the cultural memory of crusading in the Byzantine, Iberian and Baltic regions beyond the early years, as well as the trajectory of crusading memory in the Muslim Middle East.

This book draws together and extends the current debates in the history of the crusades and the history of memory and in so doing offers a fresh synthesis of material in both fields. It will be essential reading for students of the crusades and memory.