"From the great deep to the great deep he goes."

Idylls of the King
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

JIAS 1.1

The inaugural issue of the Journal of the International Arthurian Society is now available. Contents can be accessed in print form and online (for a price) at http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jias-2013-1-issue-1/issue-files/jias-2013-1-issue-1.xml. Members of the society have free (?) access top the e-version of the journal.

Contents as follows:

Masthead

Page i

Editorial

Radulescu, Raluca
Page 1
Published Online: 11/26/2013

État présent Arthurian Literature in the North

Rikhardsdottir, Sif / Eriksen, Stefka G.
Page 3
Published Online: 11/26/2013

Licht und Erleuchtung im Rappoltsteiner Parzifal

Dietl, Cora
Page 29
Published Online: 11/26/2013

Les enfances de Perceval dans le Tristan en prose: jeunesse du héros et genèse du texte

de Carné, Damien / Ferlampin-Acher, Christine
Page 50
Published Online: 11/26/2013

Yvain among Friars

Bandlien, Bjørn
Page 81
Published Online: 11/26/2013

Robert Deschaux (1924–2013)

Page 161
Published Online: 11/26/2013

Ulrich Müller (1940–2012)

Page 163
Published Online: 11/26/2013

André Crépin (1928–2013)

Page 165
Published Online: 11/26/2013

Annual Prize Competition

Page 169
Published Online: 11/26/2013

Congrès de la Société Internationale Arthurienne

Page 170
Published Online: 11/26/2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

New in SMART Fall 2013

The latest number of Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (20.2) includes the following essays of interest:

CRYSTAL HALL Orlando Furioso: The Board Game

MOLLY MARTIN Malory’s Launcelot and Gwenyver in the Twenty-First-Century Classroom

KAROLYN KINANE Arthurian Legends in General Education: An Example of Student-Centered Pedagogy

As always, SMART can be ordered direct at http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=smart.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Fanni Bogdanow

Bonnie Wheeler recently reported on ArthurNet of the death of Arthurian scholar Fanni Bogdanow. I could not find any official obituary yet, but the Quondam et Futurus wiki has a list of her publications at http://kingarthur.wikia.com/wiki/Fanni_Bogdanow. More to follow as/if it becomes available.

Camelot Project Reborn

The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester has received a new look, the first (I believe) since its formation in the 1990s. The home page and menus have changed as have the design of all the pages. The site's URL has also been altered, and its home page is now at http://d.lib.rochester.edu/camelot-project, an alteration that effects the URLs of every page on the site.


Monday, August 12, 2013

King Arhur Forever Reborn

Readers:

As I've noted on Studies of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages, the past few years have been hard ones for maintaining our online presence as I would like, and, in the interests of making things easier on me (and, eventually, you), I've begun a process of reorganizing the activities of The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages. As part of the initial phase of this development, I am pleased to announce the formation of The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain as an affiliate responsible for our Arthurian-themed publications.

The Alliance will be centered at KingArthurForever.org, thus reclaiming the origin point of our society. The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages began life as The Society for Arthurian Popular Culture Studies, which was loosely incorporated in 2000, through its website, discussion lists and, later, conference sessions. This group was merged into ours in 2004 under the dual leadership of Carl Grindley and myself and its infrastructure taken over. I now propose to begin the process of untangling the two groups once more. The Alliance will immediately take over sponsorship of our Arthurian-themed discussion lists and the King Arthur Forever blog, now rechristened King Arthur Forever: The Matter of Britain Lives, and slowly claim ownership of our two other Arthurian-themed blogs, The Arthur of the Comics Project and The Matter of Britain on Screen. Over time, the Alliance will also absorb the missions and blogs of both The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Villains of the Matter of Britain and The Institute for the Advancement of Scholarship on the Magic-Wielding Figures of Visual Electronic Multimedia and their respective websites. I hope these change we allow us to better serve the interests of our collective.

Michael A. Torregrossa
Co-Founder, The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages
Founder, The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Update AL 30

Just posted online, here are the contents' details for Arthurian Literature 30 (see previous post). Author match-ups (when possible) are provided based on Google searches. Further updates will be provided as they become available.

Arthurian Literature XXX 
Edited by Elizabeth Archibald
Edited by David F. Johnson

Details
First Published: 19 Dec 2013
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843843627
Pages: 176
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: D.S.Brewer
Series: Arthurian Literature
Subject: Medieval Literature
BIC Class: DSBB

Details updated on 03 Aug 2013

Contributors: Richard W. Barber; Nigel Bryant; Aisling Byrne; Carol J. Chase; Siân Echard; Helen Fulton; Michael Twomey; Patricia Victorin.

Contents

1 Magic and the Supernatural in Early Welsh Arthurian Narrative: Culhwch ac Olwen and Breuddwyd Rhonabwy (Helen Fulton)

2 How Green was the Green Knight? Forest Ecology at Hautdesert (Michael Twomey)

3 Edward III's Arthurian Enthusiasms Revisited: Perceforest in the Context of Philippa of Hainault and the Round Table Feast of 1344 (Richard W. Barber)

4 Pagan Gods and the Coming of Christianity in Perceforest (Nigel Bryant)

5 Malory's Sources for the Tale of the Sankgreal: Some Overlooked Evidence from the Irish Lorgaireacht an Tsoidigh Naomhtha

6 'Transmuer de rime en prose': The Transformation of Chrétien de Troyes's Joie de la Cour episode in the Burgundian Prose Erec [1450-60]

7 La Rétro-écriture ou l'écriture de la nostalgie dans le roman arthurien tardif: Ysaïe le Triste, Le Conte du Papegau et Mélyador de Froissart

8 Remembering Brutus: Aaron Thompson's British History of 1718

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Advance Notice AL 30

Catching up to date with Arthurian Literature, the 30th volume of the journal will be published later this year, and the publisher now includes the following pre-publication information on its website:

Arthurian Literature XXX
Edited by Elizabeth Archibald
Edited by David F. Johnson

Details:

First Published: 19 Dec 2013
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843843627
Pages: 240
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: D.S.Brewer
Series: Arthurian Literature
Subject: Medieval Literature
BIC Class: DSBB
Price: $90

Details updated on 25 Jun 2013

The influence and significance of the legend of Arthur are fully demonstrated by the subject matter and time-span of articles here. Topics include Perceforest in historical context; a new source for Malory's Morte Darthur; magic and the supernatural in early Welsh Arthurian narrative; and ecology in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Contributors: Richard W. Barber; Nigel Bryant; Aisling Byrne; Carol J. Chase; Siân Echard; Helen Fulton; Michael Twomey; Patricia Victorin.

Contents List AL 29

Following up to an earlier post, the contents list for Arthurian Literature 29 (for 2012) has been made available but (frustratingly) not linked to its authors. The volume itself was published in December 2012.

Arthurian Literature XXIX 
Edited by Elizabeth Archibald 
Edited by David F. Johnson 

Details

Published: 20 Dec 2012
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843843337
Pages: 256
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: D.S.Brewer
Series: Arthurian Literature
Subject: Medieval Literature
BIC Class: DSBB
Price: $90

Details updated on 25 Jun 2013

 The influence and significance of the legend of Arthur are fully demonstrated by the subject matter and time-span of articles here, ranging from a mid twelfth-century Latin vita of the Welsh saint Dyfrig to the early modern Arthur of the Dutch. Topics addressed include the reasons for Edward III's abandonment of the Order of the Round Table; the 1368 relocation of Arthur's tomb at Glastonbury Abbey; the evidence for our knowledge of the French manuscript sources for Malory's first tale, in particular the Suite du Merlin; and the central role played by Cornwall in Malory's literary worldview. Meanwhile, a survey of the pan-European aspects of medieval Arthurian literature, considering key characters in both familiar and less familiar languages such as Old Norse and Hebrew, further outlines its popularity and impact.

Elizabeth Archibald is Professor of English, University of Durham; Professor David F. Johnson teaches in the English Department, Florida State University, Tallahassee.

Contributors: Dorsey Armstrong, Christopher Berard, Bart Besamusca, P.J.C. Field, Linda Gowans, Sjoerd Levelt, Julian M. Luxford, Ryan Naughton, Jessica Quinlan, Joshua Byron Smith

Contents

1 General Editors' Foreword

 2 Edward III's Abandoned Order of the Round Table

3 King Arthur's Tomb at Glastonbury: The Relocation of 1368 in Context

4 Benedict of Gloucester's Vita Sancti Dubrucii: An Edition and Translation

5 New Evidence for an Interest in Arthurian Literature in the Dutch Low Counties in the Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Centuries

6 Malory's Source-Manuscript for the First Tale of Le Morte Darthur

7 Malory's Sources - and Arthur's Sisters - Revisited

8 Peace, Justice and Retinue-Building in Malory's 'The Tale of Sir Garethy of Orkney'

9 Mapping Malory's Morte: The (Physical) Place and (Narrative) Space of Cornwall

10 The Fringes of Arthurian Fiction

Friday, March 22, 2013

Hebert's New Book on Morgan le Fay

Just released (a revision of the author's 2008 dissertation). Looks like a fairly comprehensive study:

Morgan le Fay, Shapeshifter (Studies in Arthurian and Courtly Cultures)
Jill M. Hebert

Palgrave Macmillan, March 2013
ISBN: 978-1-137-02264-6, ISBN10: 1-137-02264-7
5.500 x 8.500 inches
240 pages
Hardcover $85.00


This study re-examines the appearances and absences of Morgan le Fay in early medieval through contemporary Arthurian sources, arguing that she illustrates the concerns of each era even as she continually evades and confounds social and gender expectations. Morgan's ambiguous nature transcends archetypes and limited definitions as she challenges traditional ideas of femininity, monstrousness, resistance, identity and social expectations for women and men alike.


Contents:

Introduction: To be a Shapeshifter
1. For the Healing of His Wounds? The Seeds of Ambiguity in Latin Sources
2. Sisters of the Forest: Morgan and Her Analogues in Arthurian Romance
3. Morgan in Malory
4. Morgan's Presence-in-Absence in Renaissance, Romantic, and Victorian Works
5. Imprisoned by Ideology: Modern and Fantasy Portrayals
Conclusion: Beyond Limits


Praise:

"Hebert's book will have widespread interest, especially for advanced undergraduates and graduate students majoring in literature and/or women's studies, art history, and media studies. It will serve as a resource for Hebert's analysis and judgments regarding various works and also as a model of one scholarly way to examine a magnetic character - Morgan le Fay - over several centuries of primary works and through various historical, philological, and myth-centered approaches as well as various genres." - Sue Ellen Holbrook, Professor of English, Southern Connecticut State University


Jill M. Hebert is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Saint Mary, USA.