Arthurian Women: A Casebook

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First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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In 17 essays, most originally published in scholarly journals, women examine literary representations of women in Arthuriana and how women artists have viewed them. The topics include the female reader of Yvain, Queen Isolde and Princess Isolde in Gottfried von Strassburg, fairy godmothers and fairy lovers, Julia Margaret Cameron's photographic illustrations to Tennyson Idylls of the King, and a theory of lesbian narrative space in The Mists of Avalon. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Foreword: Seeking Guinevere
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Love, Honor, and the Exchange of Women in Yvain: Some Remarks on the Female Reader 3
Rewriting Men's Stories: Enide's Disruptive Mouths 19
"Ez ist ir g'artet von mir": Queen Isolde and Princess Isolde in Gottfried von Strassburg's Tristan und Isolde 41
Female Heroes, Heroines, and Counter-Heroes: Images of Women in Arthurian Tradition 59
Leaving Morgan Aside: Women, History, and Revisionism in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 77
Enchanted Ground: The Feminine Subtext in Malory 97
"Le donne antiche e'cavalieri": Women in the Italian Arthurian Tradition 115
Fairy Godmothers and Fairy Lovers 135
From the Lake to the Fountain: Lancelot and the Fairy Lover 153
Nymue, The Chief Lady of the Lake in Malory's Le Morte Darthur 171
Arthur, Argante, and the Ideal Vision: An Exercise in Speculation and Parody 191
Iseult of Brittany: A New Interpretation of Matthew Arnold's Tristram and Iseult 205
In Defense of Guenevere 229
Julia Margaret Cameron's Photographic Illustrations to Alfred Tennyson's The Idylls of the King 247
The Woman's Eye: Four Modern Arthurian Illustrators 263
Looking at Elaine: Keats, Tennyson, and the Directions of the Poetic Gaze 287
The Figure of Guenevere in Modern Drama and Fiction 307
Heterosexual Plots and Lesbian Subtexts: Toward a Theory of Lesbian Narrative Space in Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon 319
The First and Last Love: Morgan le Fay and Arthur 331
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