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Overview

"This Companion offers a chronological sweep of the canon of Arthurian literature - from its earliest beginnings of the contemporary manifestations of Arthur in film and electronic media. Leading scholars review Arthurian legends and their transformations, language-to-language, text-to-film, and medieval-to-modern adaptations are analyzed, and key concepts such as "empire," "romance," and "chivalry" are explored." "Beginning with the historical Arthur and his Celtic origins, this volume chronicles the transmission of the legend throughout Britain and Europe. Arthurian legends within the medieval and Victorian literary movements and the iconography of Arthurian themes in art are surveyed, and the symbolic role of Arthur in modernist literature ushers in the twentieth century, while the feminist approach of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon initiates a genre of fantasy fiction based on a richly conceived Arthurian world. Finally, the Companion highlights the rebirth and legacy of the Arthurian legend in contemporary films and compurer games." Part of Blackwell's popular Companions to Literature and Culture series, this expansive volume enables a fundamental understanding of Arrhurian literarure and leaves no doubt as to why it is still important today.
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"Even so, A Companion to Arthurian Literature is without a doubt a very useful collection of essays with up-to-date guides for reading and a bibliography that students and non-specialists will find very handy." (Besprechungen, 1 January 2011)

"This is a volume which will be of particular use to students and scholars of English-though it will be equally useful, no doubt, to readers from other traditions who need a quick, but scholarly and exhilarating, introduction largely to the English-language Arthur." (Arthuriana, 21 January 2011)

"A must for anyone interested in the many aspects of the Arthurian legend, the book includes abundant references (including to primary sources) that will serve both those approaching this material for the first time and those pursuing complete knowledge of the subject." (CHOICE, 2009)

"If the coverage is impressive, it is matched by the content.... Any library that covers English literature and popular culture will find this a very worthwhile and popular acquisition for a range of student, academic and other interested readers." (Languages and Literature, Autumn 2009)

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Meet the Author

Helen Fulton is Professor of English and Director of the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Research at Swansea University. She has published widely on medieval Welsh and English literatures and has related interests in language and critical theory, particularly narrative. Recent books include Medieval Celtic Literature and Society (2005), an edited collection of articles, and Narrative and Media (2005), a co-authored study of narrative theory applied to media texts.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction Theories and Debates Helen Fulton Fulton, Helen 1

Pt. I The Arthur of History 13

1 The End of Roman Britain and the Coming of the Saxons: An Archaeological Context for Arthur? Alan Lane Lane, Alan 15

2 Early Latin Sources: Fragments of a Pseudo-Historical Arthur N. J. Higham Higham, N. J. 31

3 History and Myth: Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae Helen Fulton Fulton, Helen 44

4 The Chronicle Tradition Lister M. Matheson Matheson, Lister M. 58

Pt. II Celtic Origins of the Arthurian Legend 71

5 The Historical Context: Wales and England 800-1200 Karen Jankulak Jankulak, Karen Jonathan M. Wooding Wooding, Jonathan M. 73

6 Arthur and Merl in in Early Welsh Literature: Fantasy and Magic Naturalism Helen Fulton Fulton, Helen 84

7 The Arthurian Legend in Scotland and Cornwall Juliette Wood Wood, Juliette 102

8 Arthur and the Irish Joseph Falaky Nagy Nagy, Joseph Falaky 117

9 Migrating Narratives: Peredur, Owain and Geraint Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan Lloyd-Morgan, Ceridwen 128

Pt. III Continental Arthurian Traditions 143

10 The "Matter of Britain" on the Continent and the Legend of Tristan and Iseult in France, Italy, and Spain Joan Tasker Grimbert Grimbert, Joan Tasker 145

11 Chretien de Troyes and the Invention of Arthurian Courtly Fiction Roberta L. Krueger Krueger, Roberta L. 160

12 The Allure of Otherworlds: The Arthurian Romances in Germany Will Hasty Hasty, Will 175

13 Scandinavian Versions of Arthurian Romance Geraldinve Barnes Barnes, Geraldinve 189

14 The Grail and French Arthurian Romance Edward Donald Kennedy Kennedy, Edward Donald 202

Pt. IV Arthur in Medieval EnglishLiterature 219

15 The English Brut Tradition Julia Marvin Marvin, Julia 221

16 Arthurian Romance in English Popular Tradition: Sir Percyvell of Gales, Sir Cleges, and Sir Launfal Ad Putter Putter, Ad 235

17 English Chivalry and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Carolyne Larrington Larrington, Carolyne 252

18 Sir Gawain in Middle English Romance Roger Dalrymple Dalrymple, Roger 265

19 The Medieval English Tristan Tony Davenport Davenport, Tony 278

Pt. V From Medieval to Medievalism 295

20 Malory's Morte Darthur and History Andrew Lynch Lynch, Andrew 297

21 Malory's Lancelot and Guenevere Elizabeth Archibald Archibald, Elizabeth 312

22 Malory and the Quest for the Holy Grail Raluca L. Radulescu Radulescu, Raluca L. 326

23 The Arthurian legend in the Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries Alan Lupack Lupack, Alan 340

24 Scholarship and Popular Culrure in the Ninereenth Cenrury David Matthews Matthews, David 355

25 Arthur in Victorian Poetry Inga Bryden Bryden, Inga 368

26 King Arthur in Art Jeanne Fox-Friedman Fox-Friedman, Jeanne 381

Pt. VI Arthur in the Modern Age 401

27 A Postmodern Subject in Camelot: Mark Twain's (Re)Vision of Malory's Morte Darthur in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Robert Paul Lamb Lamb, Robert Paul 403

28 T. H. White's The Once and Future King Andrew Hadfield Hadfield, Andrew 420

29 Modernist Arthur: The Welsh Revival Gemini Evans Evans, Gemini 434

30 Hisrorical Fiction and the Post-Imperial Arthur Tom Shippey Shippey, Tom 449

31 Feminism and the Fantasy Tradition: The Mists of Avalon Jan Shaw Shaw, Jan 463

Pt. VII Arthur on Film 479

32 Remediating Arthur Laurie A. Finke Finke, Laurie A. Martin B. Shichtman Shichtman, Martin B. 481

33 Arthur's American Round Table: The Hollywood Tradition Swan Aronstein Aronstein, Swan 496

34 The Art of Archurian Cinema Lesley Coote Coote, Lesley 511

35 Digital Divagations in a Hyperreal Camelot: Antoine Fuqua's King Arthur Nickolas Haydock Haydock, Nickolas 525

Index 543

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