3.10.17

Back to the Land

David Huckvale. Green and Pagan Land: Myth, Magic and Landscape in British Film and Television. McFarland. (30 Sept. 2017)
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British literature often refers to pagan and classical themes through richly detailed landscapes that suggest more than a mere backdrop of physical features. The myth-inspired writings of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Algernon Blackwood, Aleister Crowley, Lord Dunsany and even Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows informed later British films and television dramas such as Blood on Satan's Claw (1971), The Wicker Man (1973), Excalibur (1981) and Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). The author analyses the evocative language and aesthetics of landscapes in literature, film, television and music, and how "psychogeography" is used to explore the influence of the past on the present.