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  • Raya and the Last Dragon | Gods & Moviemakers

    22 Feb 2023 Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Featuring Dr Piyawit Moonkham TRANSCRIPT When Raya and the Last Dragon premiered in 2021, it gave us Disney’s first South-East Asian princess, and joined a small minority of Western films centring South-East Asian people, culture and society. News of the film, therefore, drew a lot of excitement from SE Asian people (and those with SE Asian heritage) looking for representation in Western media. The film’s reception was more mixed however, with many feeling it just didn’t get things quite right. In this episode, we’re joined by doctoral candidate, Piyawit Moonkham, to talk about Raya and SE Asian representation, specifically, that of the Naga , a semi-divine serpent found in Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain traditions. Join us as Piyawit explains how Naga differ from Western and East Asian dragons, where the Naga myth came from and how it functions in SE Asian belief systems, and how Raya represented this important part of SE Asian culture. ​ Glossary: Heterarchy - ​ A power structure that exists outside or adjacent to established power structures within societies, or within organised groups, in which authority is distributed rather than centralized around one individual / group. ("Power" as broadly understood relating to status, influence or responsibilities) ​ Mythscape - ​ The way in which people understand their surrounding landscape through myth. ​ Episode Credits: Many thanks to Piyawit Moonkham for his time and expertise. ​ Piyawit is a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD)* in Archaeological Anthropology at Washington State University. His research focuses on human use of social space, built environment, and natural landscape through a diachronic investigation of spatial patterns of historical monuments, myths, and local folklores in Northern Thailand and Mainland Southeast Asia. His article “Ethnohistorical Archaeology and the Mythscape of the Naga in Chiang Saen Basin, Thailand” was published last year in Trans-Regional and -National Studies of South East Asia. You can find Piyawit on Twitter @JiwMoonkham ​ ​ *Since recording with us, Piyawit has successfully defended his PhD. Many congrats to Dr Moonkham! ​ Additional Content: Enjoyed what you heard and looking for more? Don't miss our Bonus Chat with Piyawit ​ , where we talk about teaching anthropology with film. ​ Citations: Coming Soon Transcript Coming Soon

  • Joan of Arc | Gods & Moviemakers

    11 Jan 2023 Joan of Arc (1928 & 1948) Featuring Dr Laura O'Brien TRANSCRIPT How do we remember the people of the past? And what does it mean to enact that remembering through the medium of film? Joan of Arc (b. 1412-d. 1431) has been depicted on film more than most historical figures. The broad outlines of her life certainly provide the basis for good drama, as she went from peasant girl to successful military leader to heretic, burned at the stake, all in under 5 years. A complicated figure in her own time, Joan's story became all the more enthralling when she was eventually given sainthood by the very Church that martyred her. Still, the various ways she has been remembered on screen may be almost as interesting as The Maid herself, for what it can tell us about our selves and about the act of commemoration in popular culture. ​ Join us, as we compare two wildly different Joan of Arc films, La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (1928) and Joan of Arc (1948) , and two wildly different Joans, with our wonderful guest, Dr Laura O'Brien. ​ Glossary: la Pucelle - ​ The Maiden. This is the name Joan ( or, Jeanne ) used to refer to herself. After her death, she eventually became known as la Pucelle d' Orleans (the Maid of Orleans). ​ ​ Hundred Years War (1337-1453) - ​ A conflict between the monarchs of England and France over feudal rights in Gascony that escalated into a fight for the French crown. Lasting 116 years (with intermittent fighting), the French eventually won and gained control of all of France except Calais. ​ ​ ​ Inquisitor - ​ An officer of the Inquisition , a court set up by the Catholic Church, originally in the 13th century, to determine whether individuals were heretics. ​ ​ Heretic - ​ Someone who advances a theological position contrary to established orthodoxy on a matter which could affect the salvation of themselves or any affected 3rd party. ​ Episode Credits: Many thanks to Dr Laura O'Brien for her time and expertise. ​ Laura is Assistant Professor in Modern European History at Northumbria University, Newcastle. She is a cultural historian of France and Europe, and her work is particularly focused on visual culture and performance, including how history is adapted and depicted via cinema and theatre. Her research interests also include the cultural history of religion in France, print culture, and the history of Paris. You can find Laura on Twitter @lrbobrien . ​ Thanks also to Laura for suggesting the most interesting film-pairing we've heard thus far: a box of Larmes de Jeanne d'arc (Tears of Joan of Arc). These chocolate sweets, in the shape of a tear-drop, are made in Rouen, by Jean-Marie Auzou Chocolatier . ​ Citations: Larissa J. Taylor, The Virgin Warrior: The Life and Death of Joan of Arc (Yale University Press, 2010). This is an accessible but thorough recent scholarly biography of Joan. Helen Castor, Joan of Arc: A History (Faber and Faber, 2014). Another very accessible biography, perhaps a bit more geared to an informed general readership than Taylor. You're Dead to Me : Joan of Arc (2021), Host Greg Jenner is joined by comedian Catherine Bohart and historian Dr Helen Castor. Marina Warner, Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism (new edition; Oxford University Press, 2016). A useful ‘two for one’! The first half of the book is more biographically focused, seeking to understand Joan in her context but also as a warrior figure akin to older representations of the Amazon and other female warriors. The second half is about Joan’s afterlives in culture, faith, and politics. Robin Blaetz, Visions of the Maid: Joan of Arc in American Film and Culture (University of Virginia Press, 2001). Robin Blaetz, ‘Joan of Arc and the Cinema’ in D. Goy-Blanquet (ed.), Joan of Arc: A Saint for All Reasons (Routledge, 2003). The title is self-explanatory! ‘Chapter 6: Movies and the Maid’ in John Aberth, A Knight at the Movies: Medieval History on Film (Routledge, 1993). For more on how The Passion of Joan of Arc inspired Pier Pasolini's, Il Vangelo secondo Matteo : Naomi Greene, Pier Paolo Pasolini: Cinema as Heresy ( Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990), pp. 18-19, 46-47. NYTimes review of Joan of Arc (1948): "Ingrid Bergman Plays Title Role in 'Joan of Arc' at Victoria" by Bosley Crowther. Transcript Coming Soon

  • Accessibility | Gods & Moviemakers

    AccesSibility Our audience is important to us, no matter how you access our content. ​ Gods & Moviemakers is committed to making our website and content accessible and usable for all visitors. ​ This includes, but is not limited to, adding Alt Text to all of our images and providing transcripts for each episode (available the week after broadcast). Transcripts can be found on each episode page. ​ We recognize we have little control over third party sites, but we will do our best to make appropriate choices regarding what third party sites we use. ​ As part of our feedback mechanism and manual testing efforts, we plan to periodically work with accessibility experts to help check our websites and web content. We welcome individuals using our website and listening to our podcast to contact us if they encounter any accessibility issues. We will attempt to respond within two business days. ​ ​

  • Dune | Gods & Moviemakers

    21 Dec 2022 Dune (2021) Featuring Katherine Gwyther TRANSCRIPT When you imagine the distant future, what do you see? Some, like Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek , envision a future utopia, where humankind has finally worked through their differences, solved hunger and poverty, and have united in a mission of peace and discovery. For many others, like HG Wells, author of The Time Machine , the future is a post-apocalyptic dystopian nightmare of our own creation. In his 1965 novel Dune ​, Frank Herbet envisioned a future that has advanced as much as it digressed, rebuilding the feudalism of our past in far off galaxies . Dune clearly doesn't present a utopian future. But are utopias really all they're cracked up to be? ​ In this episode, we look at Deni Villeneuve's 2021 adaptation for the big screen (the first, in what will be a series of films). We explore the nature of utopia, and dissect the biblical parallels in a fictitious future world filled with ritual, belief, and religious imagery. What sort of figure is our protagonist, Paul Atreides? Is he a "chosen one" akin to Moses? Or is he more of a classic Jesus-type saviour figure? Finally, we pull the future all the way back to the biblical past to ask: Can you read the Bible as science-fiction? ​ Glossary: This is a glossary of terms used in Dune , and their relationship to Hebrew and Arabic words. ​ Kwisatz Haderach - ​ Meaning, literally, " the shortening of the way", this is a term used by the Bene Gesserit (a powerful, ritualistic order) to refer to a messianic-type figure with the ability to bridge space and time. The word is derived from the Hebrew, Kfitzat haDérech , which refers to miraculous travel between distant places. The Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, better known as Rashi (1040-1105), used Kfitzat haDérech , to mean that the road miraculously shrank, or shortened, to facilitate faster travel. This is how the term is also used in the Talmud. ​ Mahdî - ​ "The one who will lead us to paradise." This is the term used by the Fremen (a desert people from the planet, Arakis ) to refer to their expected saviour figure. In Islam, the mahdī, meaning "divinely guided one", is a messianic figure whose presence is expected to bring forth a new age of justice and true faith. ​ Lisân al-Ghayb - The Fremen term for an off-world prophet, or messiah. Also, "the voice from the outer world". In Arabic, “he who gives voice to the unseen world”, or, “the language of the invisible world”, or, “the voice of the future”. Only one historical figure was ever given this title: the 14th-century Persian poet, Hafez. ​ Uṣūl - A Fremen word, and a name given to Paul Atreides, meaning, "the strength of the base of the pillar". In Arabic, uṣūl means “root” or "foundation". In Islam, the uṣūl al-fiqh are the roots of law (also known as the "foundational principles"), the principles and methodologies through which practical legal rules are derived. ​ Muad-dib - ​ A desert mouse and Paul’s chosen name. Related to the Arabic, mu’addib , for “Teacher”. ​ To learn more about the Islamic terms addressed here, we recommend The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World . ​ ​ Episode Credits: Many thanks to Katherine (Kat) Gwyther for her time and expertise. ​ Kat is a PhD researcher in Hebrew Bible at the University of Leeds, working on utopia and Exodus. She’s interested in how utopian literature and science fiction (and the related criticism) can enrich our understanding of biblical texts and their reception. You can find Kat on Twitter @KatGwyther . ​ Citations: Peter Herman, "The Blackness of Liet-Kynes: Reading Frank Herbert’s Dune Through James Cone ," Religions 9/9 (2018). Fredric Jameson, Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions (London: Verso, 2005). Darko Suvin, Metamorphoses of Science Fiction: On the Poetics and History of a Literary Genre (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979). Roland Boer, "Religion and Utopia in Fredric Jameson " Utopian Studies 19/2 (2008): 285–312. Roland Boer, Novel Histories: The Fiction of Biblical Criticism (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997). Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven (many editions and publications available). Michael Weingrad, "Jews of Dune " Jewish Review of Books (25 Mar 2019). Transcript Coming Soon

  • The Hosts | Gods & Moviemakers

    The Hosts Katie Turner, PhD Katie Turner holds a doctorate in Theology & Religious Studies from King’s College, London. She specializes in the clothing and material culture of Jewish people in the Greco-Roman world, and the representation of the New Testament on stage and screen. Her first book, Costuming Christ: Re-Dressing First-Century ‘Jews’ and ‘Christians’ in Passion Dramas is under contract with T&T Clark. ​ Katie is particularly interested in how the public engages with history, and has previously worked in education roles with the National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces, and the Science Museum London. She has acted as a historical consultant for clients such as Mattel, Inc. and Rockridge Press, and is an advisor and contributor for Urbs & Polis , a digital hub supporting the study of early Christianity within its Greco-Roman context. She is also a SACRE Bromley board member. ​ For a brief moment, many years ago, Katie considered a career in the film industry and had the opportunity to work as a production assistant on a couple of short films, a couple of commercials (for EasyGlide and Pantene Pro-V), and on the feature film, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003). Although that career path was not meant to be, the experiences have helped inform her research ever since. ​ You can find out more about Katie on her website , or give her a follow: Joe Scales, PhD Joe Scales is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow and the University of Agder. He specializes in identity formation, textual production, and the archaeology of space. His first book, Galilean Spaces of Identity , is forthcoming with Brill. He holds a doctorate in Theology & Religion from the University of Birmingham and is an Early Career Research Associate at the Institute of Classical Studies (University of London). ​ Joe continues to do some research on the side of his non-academic job, mostly working on all things ancient Judaism. Having written for many audiences and in a variety of formats, he is particularly interested in sharing knowledge about the ancient world with everyone. Previous outputs include academic journal articles and reviews, YouTube video scripts, online database entries, podcast and video interviews with researchers, and the occasional Twitter post. ​ Joe loves a good film, and a fair few bad ones, and is finding that there's a whole lot more to learn about how stories are told in visual media. In addition to GodMovPod, Joe also helps to produce a podcast about the ancient world called, Ancient Afterlives . You can find it on Anchor.fm or wherever you get your podcasts. ​ Give him a follow:

  • The Matrix | Gods & Moviemakers

    25 Jan 2023 The Matrix (1999) Featuring Dr King-Ho Leung TRANSCRIPT When The Matrix debuted in 1999, audiences were delighted by its use of Hong-Kong style fight choreography (rooted in wuxia and involving mixed martial arts performed, in part, by suspending actors on wires) combined with a new cinematographic style, later known as "Bullet Time". Hollywood was forever changed. But the film was far more than a visual spectacle. Filmmakers, Lana and Lilly Wachowski, produced an action film that was also deeply intellectual, playing with allegory, religion, and philosophy in new ways. In so doing, it prompts age old questions on the nature of reality, and what it means to be masters of our own fate. In this episode, Dr King-Ho Leung breaks down some of the richer metaphors in the film, discusses the protagonist, Neo, as a 'Chosen One' who chooses to be chosen, and demonstrates how The Matrix can illuminate classical philosophical and theological ideas, including: Plato's Allegory of the Cave , René Descartes's theories on the nature of being, and Karl Barth's understanding of Christ. ​ Glossary: Metaphysics - ​ The philosophical study of the nature of being, including what it is to exist . ​ Epistemology - ​ The philosophical study of the nature of knowledge, including the difference between belief and opinion. ​ ​ Doctrine of Election - ​ Being divinely chosen as God's own (either as an individual or as a group). ​ ​ ​ Christology - ​ Literally, 'the study of Christ'. A branch of Christian theology exploring the nature of Jesus as Christ . This is different than studying Jesus as a historical figure. ​ ​ Fallen World - ​ Relating to the Christian concept of "the fall", in which all humanity are believed to live with sin due to Adam and Eve's transgression in the Garden of Eden, when they ate the fruit of the tree. ​ ​ Episode Credits: Many thanks to Dr King-Ho Leung for his time and expertise. ​ King-Ho is Senior Research Fellow at St. Mary’s College, the University of St. Andrews. He was previously Lecturer in Philosophy and Theology at the University of Chester. His work has been published in journals including Philosophy, Modern Theology, Studies in Christian Ethics, and Theory, Culture & Society. He is currently completing a book on the understanding of philosophy as a spiritual practice and its relation to contemporary conceptions of secularity. You can find King-Ho on Twitter @kingholeung . ​ ​ Citations: King-Ho Leung, Uploading Our Souls Online , TedX James L. Ford, "Buddhism, Christianity, and The Matrix: The Dialectic of Myth-Making in Contemporary Cinema ," Journal of Religion & Film. Vol. 4, No. 2 , Article 1 (2000). Matt Lawrence, Like a Splinter in Your Mind: The Philosophy Behind the Matrix Trilogy (Blackwell, 2004) Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation (University of Michigan Press, 1994). Marcy Cook, "Decoding the Transgender Matrix: The Matrix as a Transgender Coming Out Story " The Mary Sue (19 Apr 2016). LeiLani Nishime, "The Matrix Trilogy, Keanu Reeves, and Multiraciality at the End of Time " in Mixed Race Hollywood , Beltran and Fojas, eds. (NYU Press, 2008). Predrag Milidrag, “Platonism, Cartesianism and Hegel’s Thought in the Matrix Trilogy ”. Filozofija I društvo/Philosophy and Society 24.4 (2013). Alex E. Blazer, “The ‘Matrix’ Trilogy and the Revolutionary Drive through ‘The Desert of the Real .’” Literature/Film Quarterly 35, no. 4 (2007): 265–73. Russell JA Kilbourn. “RE-WRITING ‘REALITY’: READING ‘THE MATRIX .’” Revue Canadienne d’Études Cinématographiques / Canadian Journal of Film Studies 9, no. 2 (2000): 43–54. Catherine Constable, Adapting Philosophy: Jean Baudrillard and “The Matrix Trilogy . (Manchester University Press, 2009). Why The Matrix Is a Trans Story According to Lilly Wachowski , Netflix Film (4 Aug 2020) THE MATRIX - Really That Good , FilmBob - A YouTube review of The Matrix from a film criticism point of view, with reference to some of the themes discussed in our episode. Transcript Coming Soon

  • Star Wars III | Gods & Moviemakers

    1 Feb 2023 Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) Featuring Dr Andrew Mark Henry TRANSCRIPT At first glance, Star Wars appears to be a fictional world built with religion and religious ethos: The Jedi live an ascetic lifestyle (much like Jesus, the Qumran community, Buddhist monks, and other religious orders), they dress kind of like Franciscan monks, they have a temple to gather in, they are guided by prophecy, and await deliverance to a better era by a "chosen one" figure; and let's not forget, Anakin Skywalker is literally the product of a virgin birth. Yet, probe a little deeper and you find most of that world building is only surface-level, falling apart under scrutiny. In this episode, join us as we ask Dr Andrew Mark Henry, What, if anything, does Star Wars have to offer those of us interested in religion? And how could George Lucas have created a better realized narrative? Our conversation focuses on the third installment in the Star Wars saga, Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) - the only film of our season with a failed "chosen one". ​ Glossary: Asceticism - ​ A pra c tice of austere self-discipline, and abstention from certain behaviours and material comforts. ​ Asce ticism can be seen in many religious traditions (practised, for example, by members of Christian monastic orders, within Islamic mysticism, in Jainism, and in some types of Buddhism). However, the specifics of the practic e differ according to the religious group, including which worldly comforts are avoided. ​ Ascetic - ​ One who practises self-discipline, austerity, and abstinence; sometimes, mortification of the body. From the Greek askētēs , meaning "monk". ​ Canon - ​ From the Greek, kanōn , meaning "measuring rod" or "standard". Can refer to a corpus of approved writings (or other works), comprising either (i) writings genuinely considered to be those of a given author; or (ii) writings traditionally considered to demonstrative of a particular genre, culture, nation, language, or set of beliefs. Canon can also refer to: a principle (or, ethics); an ecclesiastical law; an official list of saints; or, a cathedral dignitary. The Christian Bible is considered canon therefore, because it is a collection of texts recognized by an authoritative body (religious leaders) to be genuine or authoritative. However, just as there is no one set of religious leaders in Christianity, there is no one Bible either: The Anglican, Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Armenian, and Assyrian churches, for example, each have their own canons. For this same reason, the Jewish canon, the Tanakh , differs (in the selection of texts and/or how they are ordered) from Christian Old Testaments. Though the concept of canonicity comes mainly from Christianity, many religious traditions have a set of texts or books given a special authority within that tradition. ​ Deuterocanon - ​ The texts and writings included in the Old Testament canon by the the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox Churches, and Assyrian churches, but not included in Protestant canon. Nag Hammadi Library - ​ A set of early Christian and Gnostic texts dating to the 3rd and 4th centuries. Buried in a sealed jar, the library was discovered in the upper Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi in 1945. Gnostic - ​ One who possesses special knowledge of spiritual truth (good and evil) and of the illusory nature of the world, or gnosis . ​ Episode Credits: Many thanks to Dr Andrew Mark Henry for his time and expertise. ​ Andrew is a scholar of early Christianity with a research focus on late Roman magical practices and demonology. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Mind and Culture, a non-profit research centre in Boston, MA. Andrew also manages Religion for Breakfast , a hugely popular YouTube channel dedicated to online religious literacy education. You can find Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMarkHenry ​ Additional Content: Enjoyed what you heard and looking for more? Don't miss our Bonus Chat with Andrew ​ , where we talk about teaching religion with film and the process behind Religion for Breakfast . ​ ​ Citations: Andrew has produced a few videos on Star Wars & religion for Religion for Breakfast , including: How Star Wars Explains New Testament Canon , Star Wars Fan Fiction Explains Early Christian Apocrypha , and Is Jediism a Religion? Vincent A. Olea. "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith ," Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 9: Iss. 2, Article 14 (2005). John C. Lyden. “Whose Film Is It, Anyway? Canonicity and Authority in ‘Star Wars’ Fandom .” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 80, no. 3 (2012): 775–86. Kevin J Wetmore, The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the 'Star Wars' Films (McFarland & Co, 2005). Kevin J Wetmore, "The Tao of ‘Star Wars’, Or, Cultural Appropriation in a Galaxy Far, Far Away ." Studies in Popular Culture 23, no. 1 (2000): 91–106. Lee Clarke, The Buddhist and Taoist Influences that Underpin the Star Wars Universe . The Conversation (Dec 2002 ) Adam Possamai . "Gramsci, Jediism, The Standardization of Popular Religion and the State ." In Religion and the State: A Comparative Sociology , eds. Adam Possamai, Jack Barbalet, and Bryan S. Turner (Anthem Press, 2011). James L. Papandrea, From Star Wars to Superman: Christ Figures in Science Fiction and Superhero Films . (Sophia Institute Press, 2017). - Chapter 3 for Papendrea's discussion of Star Wars Michael Jindra. “Star Trek Fandom as a Religious Phenomenon .” Sociology of Religion 55, no. 1 (1994): 27–51. Sean Guynes and Dan Hassler-Forest, eds. Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling . Amsterdam University Press, 2018. OPEN ACCESS. Michael B. Charles. “Remembering and Restoring the Republic: ‘Star Wars’ and Rome .” The Classical World 108, no. 2 (2015): 281–98. John S. Schultes. "Any Gods Out There? Perceptions of Religion from Star Wars and Star Trek ," Journal of Religion & Film : Vol. 7: Iss. 2, Article 3 (2003). Timo Tekoniemi. "Editorial In(ter)ventions: Comparing the Editorial Processes of the Hebrew Bible and the Star Wars Saga ," Journal of Religion & Film : Vol. 22: Iss. 1, Article 37 (2018). Transcript Coming Soon

  • The Green Knight | Gods & Moviemakers

    30 Mar 2023 The Green Knight (2021) Just the Hosts TRANSCRIPT The Green Knight (2021) is a surreal retelling of the 14th century poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight . Directed by David Lowery, the film departs from its source material to present a compelling account of a man's mission to become a knight, live up to a legend, and face his own mortality. The King Arthur legend is a fitting end to our season of Chosen Ones - a king who was destined to rule the Britons, fighting the invading Saxons and whom, it is said, will one day return to once again save his people. Yet in this film, we are shown the cost of living up to one's own legend, the ways in which stories are weaved around protagonists, and what being chosen may ultimately mean. Join us as we wrap up Season One of Gods & Moviemakers. We talk about Arthurian legends, representing the past on screen, religion and magic, and of course, chosen ones. Be sure to look out for future releases and announcements concerning holiday tie-in episodes and Season Two, coming late 2023. ​ Episode Credits: ​ We don't have a guest joining us for this episode, but we'd like to thank our listeners for a great first season. You can find the hosts on Twitter @DrKatieTurner and @JosephDScales ​ ​ Citations: Read the full poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight at the Robbins Library . You can also find out more about the manuscript at the British Library . If you're interested in learning about Britain's multiracial past, we highly recommend David Olusoga's Black & British . Check out the book or the documentary series . You may also want to explore: Warwick University Classic Network's overview on "The Evidence for Diversity in Roman Britain "; This amazing reading list on race in medieval Britain; This summary of recent genetics research demonstrating diversity in medieval London; and, the Robbins Library's overview on Sir Palamedes , the Saracen knight of the round table. E. Archibald & A. Putter (Eds), The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend . (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009). Constance Grady, "The magic, sex, and violence of the 14th-century poem behind The Green Knight. " Vox.com (29 July 2021) Delve into an amazing comparison of The Green Knight with The Last Temptation of Christ: Alissa Wilkinson, "The Green Knight is glorious and a little baffling. Let’s untangle it ." Vox.com (30 July 2021). And make sure to check out our episode on The Last Temptation with Matt Page. For an overview of the Green Man (and its association with "foliate heads"), see: "Green Man " in Simpson, J., & Roud, S. (Eds.), A Dictionary of English Folklore .( Oxford: Oxford University Press). Costume designer, Malgosia Turzanska, provides insight into the decisions behind her beautiful costumes in This Interview with Vogue. Representing the medieval world on film: Salih, Sarah. "Cinematic Authenticity-effects and Medieval Art: A Paradox." in Medieval Film . ed A Bernau & B Bildhauer. (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009). pp. 20 - 39. Religion and Magic: Corinne Saunders has published specifically on religion and magic in Arthurian legend in The Cambridge Companion to the Arthurian Legend . You may also be interested in her book, Magic and the Supernatural in Medieval English Romance . Friend of the show, Andrew Mark Henry , has produced a number of videos on religion & magic for Religion for Breakfast . Read about Merlin the Magician over at the British Library. Finally, you can hear more from Joe about the Witch of Endor in his article, "Uncovering the Dead; Dethroning the King " (co-authored with Ellena Lyell). Transcript Coming Soon

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