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Black LegaciesRace and the European Middle Ages$
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Lynn T. Ramey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060071

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060071.001.0001

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Conclusions Medieval Race and the “Golden Age”

Conclusions Medieval Race and the “Golden Age”

(p.111) 6 Conclusions Medieval Race and the “Golden Age”
Black Legacies

Lynn T. Ramey

University Press of Florida

This chapter looks at ways that the connection between medieval and modern concepts of race appears in 20th- and 21st-century cultural production. It summarizes how the medieval notion of racial difference continues to play a vital role in racial imagination. This is important, the chapter shows, in understanding the extent of the work that remains to be accomplished in order to appreciate how the Middle Ages has been used and remains to be used in discourses on racism. It discusses how medieval European perceptions of difference offer a valuable insight to the variety of medieval sources that contrast bodily disparities in humans. The chapter also provides a general study of cinematic medievalism and examines medieval cinema as a specific genre of anachronistic films.

Keywords:   race, Middle Ages, cinematic medievalism, genre, films

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