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The Grail, the Quest, and the World of Arthur

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The theme of the quest in Arthurian literature - mainly but not exclusively the Grail quest - is explored in the essays presented here, covering French, Dutch, Norse, German, and English texts. A number of the essays trace the relationship, often negative, between Arthurian chivalry and the Grail ethos. Whereas most of the contributors reflect on the popularity of the Grail quest, several examine the comparative rarity of the Grail in certain literatures and define the elaboration of quest motifs severed from the...
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Overview

The theme of the quest in Arthurian literature - mainly but not exclusively the Grail quest - is explored in the essays presented here, covering French, Dutch, Norse, German, and English texts. A number of the essays trace the relationship, often negative, between Arthurian chivalry and the Grail ethos. Whereas most of the contributors reflect on the popularity of the Grail quest, several examine the comparative rarity of the Grail in certain literatures and define the elaboration of quest motifs severed from the Grail material. An appendix to the volume offers a filmography that includes all the cinematic treatments of the Grail, either as central theme or minor motif. This book will appeal to students, scholars, and general readers fascinated by the Arthurian and Grail legends. CONTRIBUTORS: NORRIS J. LACY, ANTONIO FURTADO, WILL HASTY, RICHARD TRACHSLER, MARIANNE E. KALINKE, MARTINE MEUWESE, DAVID F. JOHNSON, PHILLIP BOARDMAN, CAROLINE D. ECKHARDT, P.J.C. FIELD, JAMES P. CARLEY, RICHARD BARBER, KEVIN J. HARTY
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Editorial Reviews

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This collection has much to commend it (and is) beautifully and extensively illustrated. (It) is a welcome contribution to Arthurian studies. ENGLISHThis is an elegant, gracious and necessary compendium of contemporary Grail scholarship. ARTHURIANAThis volume is essential for Arthurian scholars, but will also be of interest to anyone who teaches Arthurian material on any level. CAHIERS DE RECHERCHES MEDIEVALES Readers will find in this collection a good number of compelling, original perspectives on a broad range of topic areas. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW12 exciting and well-written essays. (...) Written by highly respected Arthurian scholars, all the essays offer new contributions to the representations of the Grail, the Grail quest, and questing in general. Highly recommended. CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843841708
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/23/2012
  • Series: Arthurian Studies
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

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Foreword Norris J. Lacy Lacy, Norris J.

1 Introduction: Arthur and/or the Grail Norris J. Lacy Lacy, Norris J. 1

2 The Shape of the Grail in Medieval Art Martine Meuwese Meuwese, Martine 13

3 The Crusaders' Grail Antonio L. Furtado Furtado, Antonio L. 25

4 Bounds of Imagination: Grail Questing and Chivalric Colonizing in Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival Will Hasty Hasty, Will 48

5 The Land without the Grail: A Note on Occitania, Rigaut de Barbezieux and Literary History Richard Trachsler Trachsler, Richard 62

6 Female Desire and the Quest in the Icelandic Legend of Tristram and Isodd Marianne E. Kalinke Kalinke, Marianne E. 76

7 Questing in the Middle Dutch Lancelot Compilation David F. Johnson Johnson, David F. 92

8 Keeping Company: Manuscript Contexts for Reading Arthurian Quest Narratives Caroline D. Eckhardt Eckhardt, Caroline D. 109

9 Grail and Quest in the Medieval English World of Arthur Phillip Boardman Boardman, Phillip 126

10 Malory and the Grail: The Importance of Detail P. J. C. Field Field, P. J. C. 141

11 Glastonbury, the Grail-Bearer and the Sixteenth-Century Antiquaries James P. Carley Carley, James P. 156

12 The Grail Quest: Where Next? Richard Barber Barber, Richard 173

Appendix The Grail on Film Kevin J. Harty Harty, Kevin J. 185

Index 207

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