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American Medievalism: Medieval Reenactment as Historical Interpretation in the United States

Abstract This thesis will examine how the Middle Ages are historically interpreted and portrayed in the United States. In order to keep this study within reasonable bounds, the research will exclude films, television, novels, and other forms of media that rely on the Pre-Modern period of European history for entertainment purposes. This thesis will narrow its focus on museums, non-profit organizations, and other institutions, examining their methods of research and interpretation, the levels of historical accuracy or authenticity they hold themselves to, and their levels of success. This thesis ultimately hopes to prove that the medieval period offers the same level of public interest as popular periods of American history.

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Created Date 2015
Contributor Hatch, Ryan R. (Author) / Wright, Kent (Advisor) / Warnicke, Retha M. (Committee member) / Fixico, Donald L. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject History / Museum studies / Sociology / Historical / History / Hyperreality / Interpretation / Medieval / Reenactment
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 269 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis History 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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