Popular Arthurian Traditions

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From medieval history and romance through various twentieth-century renderings, this collection of essays considers themes, characters, and events of the legend and the meanings they impart. Sir Thomas Malory, Chr├ętien de Troyes, Mark Twain, Thomas Berger, Marion Zimmer Bradley, C. J. Cherryh, and other prose writers are discussed as are comic books and other genres. Film interpretations, photographic illustrations, and musical expressions receive analytical attention, as do poetic, religious, and mythic uses of the Arthurian world.

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Scholars of popular culture turn their attention to various expressions of the Arthurian legend, most from the 20th century, with a more balanced consideration of women (writers, characters, and critics) than has traditionally been the case. Among the topics are the image of Morgan Le Fay, postmodern Arthur, Mark Twain, Joseph Campbell, and several recent movies. No index. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879725624
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Female Heroes, Heroines and Counter-Heroes: Images of Women in Arthurian Tradition 5
Morgan Le Fay: Goddess or Witch? 18
Thoroughly Modern Morgan: Morgan le Fey in Twentieth-Century Popular Arthuriana 24
Gotham's Dark Knight: The Postmodern Transformation of the Arthurian Mythos 36
Mark's Merlin: Magic vs. Technology in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court 46
C.J. Cherryh's Arthurian Humanism 56
In Her Own Right: The Guenevere of Parke Godwin 68
Joseph Campbell and the Power of Arthurian Myth 80
Berger's Mythical Arthur Rex 85
Waxing Arthurian: The Lyre of Orpheus and Cold Sassy Tree 96
The Matter of Britain in English and American Popular Music (1966-1990) 104
Vivien, Elaine, and the Model's Gaze: Cameron's Reading of Idylls of the King 111
Transforming the Myth: The Use of Arthurian Material in the Church Universal and Triumphant 132
Variations on Arthurian Legend in Lancelot du Lac and Excalibur 144
Hollywood's Myopic Medievalism: Excalibur and Malory's Morte d'Arthur 156
Acting Out an Old Story: Twentieth-Century Tristan Plays 162
The Knight-Poets of Logres: Narrative Voices in Charles Williams' Arthurian Poems 173
Contributors 183
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