King Arthur in Popular Culture / Edition 1

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The legend of King Arthur is embedded in British and American culture. Contemporary America, in particular, is a rich breeding ground for the Arthurian mythos, not only in films, novels, short stories, and fantasy and science fiction, but in other areas of popular and mass culture as well.

This work is a collection of 18 previously unpublished essays that demonstrate the impressive extent to which the Arthurian legend continues to permeate contemporary culture beyond film and literature. The essays cover the Arthurian legend in economics, ethics, education, entertainment, music, fun and games, the Internet, and esoterica.

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Editorial Reviews

Arthurianists, medievalists, and more general scholars of literature and art history wander away from academia into the market place and from there into some fairly exotic corners of modern culture where the king waits his bidding to return. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786412570
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/20/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,459,277
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth S. Sklar, a professor emerita at Wayne State University, specializes in Old and Middle English language and literature. She has published extensively in the fields of modern and medieval Arthurian legend. Donald L. Hoffman is professor emeritus of English and former chair of that department at Northeastern Illinois University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 1
Preface 5
Marketing Arthur: The Commodification of Arthurian Legend 9
Defending the Domestic: Arthurian Tropes and the American Dream 24
Tingagel: The Best of English Twinkie 36
Arthur, Popular Culture, and World War II 45
King Arthur and Vietnam 59
The Documentary Arthur: Reflections of a Talking Head 77
Was That in the Vulgate? Arthurian Legend in TV Film and Series Episodes 87
Knights in Space: The Arthur of Babylon 5 and Dr. Who 101
Arthurian Animation at Century's End 111
Sing a Song of Arthur 123
Arthurian Pop: The Tradition in Twentieth-Century Popular Music 138
Camelot in Comics 169
Knights of Imagination: Arthurian Games and Entertainments 182
In the Lists: The Arthurian Influence in Modern Tournaments of Chivalry 197
King of the World (Wide Web): Arthur on the Internet 209
Merlin in the Public Domain 219
Arthurian Legend in Tarot 233
The Once and Future Queen: Guinevere in a New Age 249
About the Contributors 259
Index 263
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