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Publication details for Prof John O'Brien

O'Brien, John (2011). The Touch of Man on Woman: Dramatizing identity in The Return of Martin Guerre. In Filming and Performing Renaissance History. Burnett, Mark Thornton & Streete, Adrian Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 50-64.
  • Publication type: Chapter in book
  • ISSN/ISBN: 978-0230273436

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Over the last one hundred years, many of the events and personalities of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries have been brought before home, cinema, exhibition, festival and theatrical audiences via a variety of visual media. This collection, for the first time, examines these representations, looking at recent television series, documentaries, feature films, pageantry, theatre and popular culture in a range of cultural and linguistic guises. Filming and Performing Renaissance History opens up wider avenues of interpretive opportunity and substitutes a more generous, nuanced acknowledgement of the ways in which the 'Renaissance' is made to signify across disciplines and in relation to a whole series of events and personalities. Accessing the Renaissance in this fashion generates a genuine sense of the modalities of historical representation, of what the Renaissance 'means' and of how its meanings have been negotiated in modernity.