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D'Arcens, L. 2008, 'Deconstruction and the Medieval Indefinite Article: The Undecidable Medievalism of Brian Helgeland's A Knight's Tale', Parergon, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 80-98.


Studies in medievalism have made inroads into questioning the forensic impulse to restore, know, and possess the medieval past. And yet many of these studies continue to exhibit anxiety about anachronism within medievalist texts, and persist in privileging the medieval' original' as the 'transcendental signified' that determines what is pennissible in medievalist adaptations. By examining Brian Helgeland's provocatively anachronistic film A Knight's Tale,.we gain insight into the residual Platonism within studies ofmedievalist film, which continue to evaluate these films' fidelity to a medieval zeitgeist. A deconstmctive approach to Helgeland's film, however, allows us to challenge the devaluation of the medievalist text and to treat both medieval and medievalist texts as co-originary collaborators in the process of meaning-making.



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