Merlin: A Casebook

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This book deals with all aspects of the Merlin lelgend, from its origins to its expression in medieval and modern literature, film, and popular culture. Following an extended introduction and a full bibliography, the volume offers nearly twenty essays-some newly commissioned for this volume, others selected from the most important scholarly and critical studies of Merlin and his role. Two of the reprinted essays are translated into English for the first time.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Select Bibliography 91
1 The Merlin Legend and the Welsh Tradition of Prophecy 105
2 Merlin: Prophet and Magician 131
3 Merlin and the Ladies of the Lake 162
4 Merlin in Italian Literature 186
5 Merlin in Spanish Literature 197
6 Merlin in German Literature 219
7 Merlin as New-World Wizard 230
8 The Enchanter Awakes: Merlin in Modern Fiction 250
9 Merlin as Wise Old Man 265
10 Merlin in the Grail Legend 280
11 Robert de Boron's Merlin 296
12 Merlin Romancier: Paternity, Prophecy, and Poetics in the Huth Merlin 308
13 Malory's Tragic Merlin 332
14 Spenser's Merlin 342
15 Druids, Bards, and Tennyson's Merlin 361
16 Illusion and Relation: Merlin as Image of the Artist in Tennyson, Dore, Burne-Jones, and Beardsley 378
17 Master and Mediator of the Natural World 410
Proper Name Index 427
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