Abstract and Keywords
This contribution explores the biographical life stage of childhood in medieval Europe through the contemporary (now) representations of such childhood, particularly in the cinema and the museum. Aspects to be explored include defining childhood, nested identities, gender and social contexts, narrative inclinations and independence of action (e.g. through play, education and apprenticeship, and training for adulthood). A range of films will be considered for their powerful and vital depictions of a constructed and variously authentic notion of medieval childhood, in particular Andrei Roublev, The Seventh Seal, Anchoress, Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey, Marketa Lazarová, and Brave. The various strands of exploration will be drawn together in an assessment of the images being put forward to represent children both in archaeology and museums (including temporary exhibitions and permanent museums of childhood) and in cinema.
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