The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend

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"The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend presents the Arthurian legends in all their manifestations - from their origins in medieval literature to their modern interpretations in literature, art, film, and popular culture. It takes the reader through the chronicle and romance traditions, the influence of Malory, the Grail legend, and the stories of Sir Gawain, Merlin, and Tristan and Isolt." Each area is explored chronologically, tracing the stories from their earliest versions to the present day, and includes an analysis of the works ...
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Overview

"The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend presents the Arthurian legends in all their manifestations - from their origins in medieval literature to their modern interpretations in literature, art, film, and popular culture. It takes the reader through the chronicle and romance traditions, the influence of Malory, the Grail legend, and the stories of Sir Gawain, Merlin, and Tristan and Isolt." Each area is explored chronologically, tracing the stories from their earliest versions to the present day, and includes an analysis of the works covered, as well as a synopsis of their plot, and a discussion of their significance and relationships to other works. Complemented by an A-Z reference section and an extensive index, the Guide is both a critical history of the legends and an easy-to-use reference book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199215096
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Series: Oxford Paperback Reference Series
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 674,359
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Lupack is Director of the Robbins Library and Adjunct Professor of English at the University of Rochester, New York. He was formerly president of the North American Branch of the International Arthurian Society. He has written extensively on medieval and modern Arthurian literature and edited a number of Arthurian texts and journals. He created The Camelot Project, an award-winning database of Arthurian texts, images, bibliographies, and information.

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Table of Contents

1 Early accounts of Arthur, chronicles, and historical literature 13
2 The romance tradition 83
3 Malory, his influence, and the continuing romance tradition 133
4 The Holy Grail 213
5 Gawain 291
6 Merlin 329
7 Tristan and Isolt 371
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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    Excellent source information!

    The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend is a great starting place for those who have waded into Arthuriana and need some grounding in the multiple elements of the wide-ranging legend. This guide is comprehensive, detailed, and relatively concise (as much as anything which takes on the whole of the legend can be). It has sections on Arthur in History and Chronicles, the Grail, Merlin, Malory, and Geoffrey on Monmouth. It includes an index of people, places, and things in the legend. The book's general index is very thorough and, for a smaller reference, it is quite useful. I will pull it off my shelf in the future when I teach Arthurian legends for quick reference. This summer, I am keeping it beside me as I read through Malory.

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