1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to History and the Moving Image

    366 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to History and the Moving Image takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding history in moving images. It engages this popular and dynamic field that has evolved rapidly from film and television to digital streaming into the age of user-created content.

    The volume addresses moving image history through a theoretical lens; modes and genres; representation, race, and identity; and evolving forms and formats. It brings together a range of scholars from across the globe who specialize in film and media studies, cultural studies, history, philosophy of history, and education. Together, the chapters provide a necessary contemporary analysis that covers new developments and questions that arise from the shift to digital screen culture. The book examines technological and ethical concerns stemming from today’s media landscape, but it also considers the artificial construction of the boundaries between professional expertise and amateur production. Each contributor’s unique approach highlights the necessity of engaging with moving images for the academic discipline of history.

    The collection, written for a global audience, offers accessible discussions of historiography and a compelling resource for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates in history, film and media studies, and communications.

    Both Chapter 17 and the Afterword of this book are freely available as downloadable Open Access PDFs at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license.

    1. Introduction: History is a Moving Image
    Marnie Hughes-Warrington, Kim Nelson and Mia E.M. Treacey

    Section 1: Understanding History and the Moving Image

    2. From “History and film” to “Screened History”
    Mia E.M. Treacey

    3. Actuality is not Enough: On Historiography and Cinema
    Philip Rosen

    4. Moving-Image Histories and Ethics
    Marnie Hughes-Warrington

    Section 2: Genres and Modes

    5. Patterns of Reality
    Ernesto Peña and Claire Ahn

    6. Remediation, Trauma, and “Preposterous History” in Documentary Film
    Robert Burgoyne

    7. The Hero Myth and the Cutting Room Floor
    Nick Hector

    8. Dramatizing Film History in the Historical Film
    Jonathan Stubbs

    9. Mirroring the 1980s in Contemporary Horror
    Chera Kee

    10. Fantastic Histories: Medievalism in Fantasy Film and Television
    Avery Lafortune

    11. Satire and Realism in the Historical Film
    Eleftheria Thanouli

    Section 3: Representation, Race and Identity

    12. Counter-Temporalities and Dialectical Images in the Mass Cultural Rewriting of US Racial Histories
    Alison Landsberg

    13. History and Hindi Film
    William R. Pinch

    14. Horrific History and Black Aliveness: Travel and Liberatory Loopholes in Lovecraft Country
    Lisa Woolfork

    15. Pasts Refracted: Indigenous Histories on Film Beyond the Cinema
    Christine Sprengler

    16. The New Civil War Cinema
    John Trafton

    Section 4: Evolving Forms and Formats

    17. Public History on Screen: From Broadcast & Network TV to the Internet Era, an Evolutionary Approach
    Ann Gray

    18. Live Documentary: Social Cinema and the Cinepoetics of Doubt
    Kim Nelson

    19. Process, Pedagogy, Prefiguration, and the Promised Land
    Sara Joan Maclean

    20. Teaching Difficult History with YouTube Videos
    James Miles and Eve Herold

    21. What If?: Experimental History on Television
    Rebecca Weeks


    22. History with Images: A Conversation with Robert A. Rosenstone
    Robert A. Rosenstone and Kim Nelson


    Marnie Hughes-Warrington is Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Enterprise at the University of South Australia, and Honorary Professor of History at the Australian National University. She is the author of multiple books in historiography, including History Goes to the Movies (2007) and History from Loss (edited with Daniel Woolf, 2023).

    Kim Nelson is the Director of the Humanities Research Group and an Associate Professor at the University of Windsor in Canada. Her work has been screened internationally by film festivals and broadcasters. She is the author of Making History Move: Five Principles of the Historical Film (2024).

    Mia E.M. Treacey researches and writes in the interdisciplinary field of Screened History, exploring the relationship between History, the past, and moving images. Her publications include Reframing the Past: History, Film and Television (2016). A university educator for over 15 years, she now teaches secondary school History and English.