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A Companion to Arthurian Literature / Edition 1
     

A Companion to Arthurian Literature / Edition 1

by Helen Fulton
 

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ISBN-10: 0470672374

ISBN-13: 9780470672372

Pub. Date: 02/01/2012

Publisher: Wiley

This companion is a complete guide to the canon of Arthurian literature, from its earliest beginnings to contemporary manifestations of Arthur in film and media. Leading scholars review Arthurian legends and their transformations across time, from language to language, text to film, medieval to modern.

Beginning with the debate about the “historical”

Overview

This companion is a complete guide to the canon of Arthurian literature, from its earliest beginnings to contemporary manifestations of Arthur in film and media. Leading scholars review Arthurian legends and their transformations across time, from language to language, text to film, medieval to modern.

Beginning with the debate about the “historical” Arthur and his Celtic origins, this volume chronicles the transmission and reception of the legend throughout Britain and Europe. Arthurian legends from medieval to Victorian literature are surveyed and the iconography of Arthurian themes in art is explored. The symbolic role of Arthur in modernist literature ushers in the twentieth century, while feminist and fantasy fiction bring Arthur into post-imperial contexts. Finally, the companion highlights the rebirth and legacy of the Arthurian legend in contemporary film and digital media.

Part of Wiley-Blackwell’s popular Companions to Literature and Culture series, this expansive volume enables a rich understanding of the many forms of Arthurian literature and why the legend lives on.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470672372
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Series:
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Series , #149
Pages:
586
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

Notes on Contributors ix

Introduction: Theories and Debates 1
Helen Fulton

Part I The Arthur of History 13

1 The End of Roman Britain and the Coming of the Saxons: An Archaeological Context for Arthur? 15
Alan Lane

2 Early Latin Sources: Fragments of a Pseudo-Historical Arthur 30
N. J. Higham

3 History and Myth: Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae 44
Helen Fulton

4 The Chronicle Tradition 58
Lister M. Matheson

Part II Celtic Origins of the Arthurian Legend 71

5 The Historical Context: Wales and England 800–1200 73
Karen Jankulak and Jonathan M. Wooding

6 Arthur and Merlin in Early Welsh Literature: Fantasy and Magic Naturalism 84
Helen Fulton

7 The Arthurian Legend in Scotland and Cornwall 102
Juliette Wood

8 Arthur and the Irish 117
Joseph Falaky Nagy

9 Migrating Narratives: Peredur, Owain, and Geraint 128
Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan

Part III Continental Arthurian Traditions 143

10 The "Matter of Britain" on the Continent and the Legend of Tristan and Iseult in France, Italy, and Spain 145
Joan Tasker Grimbert

11 Chrétien de Troyes and the Invention of Arthurian Courtly Fiction 160
Roberta L. Krueger

12 The Allure of Otherworlds: The Arthurian Romances in Germany 175
Will Hasty

13 Scandinavian Versions of Arthurian Romance 189
Geraldine Barnes

14 The Grail and French Arthurian Romance 202
Edward Donald Kennedy

Part IV Arthur in Medieval English Literature 219

15 The English Brut Tradition 221
Julia Marvin

16 Arthurian Romance in English Popular Tradition: Sir Percyvell of Gales, Sir Cleges, and Sir Launfal 235
Ad Putter

17 English Chivalry and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 252
Carolyne Larrington

18 Sir Gawain in Middle English Romance 265
Roger Dalrymple

19 The Medieval English Tristan 278
Tony Davenport

Part V From Medieval to Medievalism 295

20 Malory’s Morte Darthur and History 297
Andrew Lynch

21 Malory’s Lancelot and Guenevere 312
Elizabeth Archibald

22 Malory and the Quest for the Holy Grail 326
Raluca L. Radulescu

23 The Arthurian Legend in the Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries 340
Alan Lupack

24 Scholarship and Popular Culture in the Nineteenth Century 355
David Matthews

25 Arthur in Victorian Poetry 368
Inga Bryden

26 King Arthur in Art 381
Jeanne Fox-Friedman

Part VI Arthur in the Modern Age 401

27 A Postmodern Subject in Camelot: Mark Twain’s (Re)Vision of Malory's Morte Darthur in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court 403
Robert Paul Lamb

28 T. H. White's The Once and Future King 420
Andrew Hadfield

29 Modernist Arthur: The Welsh Revival 434
Geraint Evans

30 Historical Fiction and the Post-Imperial Arthur 449
Tom Shippey

31 Feminism and the Fantasy Tradition: The Mists of Avalon 463
Jan Shaw

Part VII Arthur on Film 479

32 Remediating Arthur 481
Laurie A. Finke and Martin B. Shichtman

33 Arthur's American Round Table: The Hollywood Tradition 496
Susan Aronstein

34 The Art of Arthurian Cinema 511
Lesley Coote

35 Digital Divagations in a Hyperreal Camelot: Antoine Fuqua’s King Arthur 525
Nickolas Haydock

Index 543

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