The Invention of False Medieval Authorities as a Literary Device in Popular Fiction: From Tolkien to the Da Vinci Code

The Invention of False Medieval Authorities as a Literary Device in Popular Fiction: From Tolkien to the Da Vinci Code

By: Gwendolyn A. Morgan (author)Hardback

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Description

This study explores the construction of false authority within and by contemporary popular fiction, especially within those tales concerned with the creation of texts themselves. This practice represents a return to medieval theories of authority, where the Bible, theology, and the ancient classics represented recourse for the assertions of contemporary thinkers and writers.

About Author

Dr. Morgan is Professor of English at Montana State University-Bozeman.

Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; I. Introduction: Modern Fictional Authorities; II. The Medieval Precedent: The Pursuit of Authority; III. Rewriting History: The Modern Beginnings; IV. The Exaltation of the Text: Julie Kaewert; V. Booklover's Detective Fiction: John Dunning; VI. Medieval Authority and Metatext: The Dante Club; VII. From Metatext to Hyperreality: The DaVinci Code; VIII. Film as Authority: Saints as Witches; IX. "... Together with All the Rights and Privileges...": Academic Authority and Medievalism; X. Medievalism and Authority: The Dangers; References; Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773459397
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 136
  • ID: 9780773459397
  • ISBN10: 0773459391

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