Arthurian Romance : Short Introduction / Edition 1

Arthurian Romance : Short Introduction / Edition 1

by Derek Pearsall
     
 

How did the (maybe) historical figure of King Arthur and his totally fictitious knights come to inspire so many stories? And why does Arthurian myth continue to flourish in films today? This witty and accessible introduction takes readers on a quest through the history of Arthurian romance in order to find the answers.

Medieval expert, Derek Pearsall, traces the

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How did the (maybe) historical figure of King Arthur and his totally fictitious knights come to inspire so many stories? And why does Arthurian myth continue to flourish in films today? This witty and accessible introduction takes readers on a quest through the history of Arthurian romance in order to find the answers.

Medieval expert, Derek Pearsall, traces the fortunes of Arthur, Guenevere, Lancelot, Gawain, Tristan, and the other knights of the round table at the hands of different writers, artists, and film-makers. He follows the evolution of Arthurian romance from the epic form into ballad, drama, elegy, satire, and burlesque, showing how the story has continued to provide a medium through which different cultures could express their highest hopes and contain their deepest fears.

The book consists mainly of readings of the great works of Arthurian romance, from Chrétien de Troyes through Malory to Tennyson and beyond, but also pays attention to manuscript illustrations, tapestries, paintings, and films.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631233206
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/15/2003
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Introductions to Literature Series, #31
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,060,775
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

1. The Early Arthur:.

What Is The Historical Evidence af A 'Real' Arthur?.

Geoffrey of Monmouth.

Wace, Roman De Brut.

Layamon's Brut.

2. The Romancing of The Arthurian Story; Chrétien De Troyes:.

The Chivalric Love Romance.

Chrétien De Troyes.

Lancelot, Ou Le Chevalier De La Charrette.

Erec Et Enide.

Cligés.

Yvain, Ou Le Chevalier Au Lion.

Perceval, Ou Le Conte Du Graal, and Its Continuations.

3. The European Flourishing of Arthurian Romance; Lancelot, Tristan, Parzival:.

Medieval French Arthurian Romance In Prose and Verse.

Thurian Romance In Medieval Europe.

Arthurian Romance In Germany.

Gottfried Von Strassburg, Tristan.

4. Arthur, Lancelot, and Gawain In Ricardian England:.

The Alliterative Morte Arthure.

The Stanzaic Morte Arthur.

Sir Gawain and The Green Knight.

5. Malory's Morte D'Arthur:.

Publication and Author.

The Winchester Manuscript.

Book I (Caxton's Books 1-4).

Books II, III And IV (Caxton's Books 5-7).

Book V, 'Sir Tristram of Lyones' (Caxton's Books 8-12).

Book VI, 'The Tale of The Sankgreal' (Caxton's Books 13-17).

Books VII And VIII (Caxton's Books 18-21).

The Romance of Adventure.

The Tragedy of Lancelot.

6. The Arthurian Sleep and The Romantic Revival; Tennyson's Idylls of The King:.

Edmund Spenser.

Arthur In The Seventeenth Century.

Arthur In The Eighteenth Century.

Sir Walter Scott.

'The Return To Camelot'.

Tennyson's Idylls of The King.

Victorian Arthurianism.

7. Mark Twain, T.H.White, John Steinbeck, and The Modern Arthur:.

Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court.

T.H.White, The Once and Future King.

John Steinbeck, The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights.

The Modern Arthur: Novels and Films.

Bibliography of Works Cited and Further Reading.

Index.

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