"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:


Page i


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


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

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

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.


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


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
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 


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
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


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.


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


"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.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Journal of the International Arthurian Society CFP

A new journal from the International Arthurian Society:

Journal of the International Arthurian Society (JIAS)


The Journal of the International Arthurian Society (JIAS) publishes articles on any aspect of Arthurian literature written in any language and in any period of time, medieval and post-medieval, including adaptations in modern media, as long as these draw on literary texts. JIAS complements the annual Bibliography of the International Arthurian Society (BIAS), and together these two components represent the main publications of the society, previously printed together under the title Bibliographical Bulletin of the Arthurian Society/ Bulletin Bibliographique de la Société Internationale Arthurienne (BBIAS / BBSIA). BBIAS / BBSIA has been published continuously by the society since 1949. The last combined volume of the bibliography and research articles was BBIAS/BBSIA LXIII, published in 2012, containing the bibliography for 2011.

Editorial Board

(Editor) Dr Raluca Radulescu, Bangor University (English and Comparative Literature)

Prof. Keith Busby, University of Wisconsin Madison (French and Comparative Literature)

Dr Frank Brandsma, University of Utrecht (French and Dutch)

Prof. Bart Besamusca, University of Utrecht (Dutch)

Prof. Ad Putter, Bristol University (English)

Prof. Andrew Lynch, University of Western Australia (English, medieval to modern)

Prof. Norris Lacy, Penn State University (French, medieval and medievalism)

Prof. Christine Ferlampin Acher, University of Rennes (French)

Prof. Fabrizio Cigni, University of Rome (Italian)

Prof. Richard Trachsler, University of Zurich (French)

Dr Ceridwen Lloyd Morgan, University of Bangor and Cardiff (Celtic Studies)

Dr Carolyne Larrington, Oxford University (Old Norse)

Prof. Matthias Meyer, University of Vienna (German)

Prof. Cora Dietl, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (German)

Dr Martine Meuwese, University of Utrecht (Art history)

Prof. Sian Echard, UBC (medieval Latin literature)

Prof. Juan Miguel Zarandona (Spanish)


Submissions from all categories of scholars, including postgraduate students, early career researchers and independent scholars are welcome, as are submissions from non-members of the society.

Submissions are accepted in all three official languages of the Society (English, French and German). The recommended length for submissions is around 7,000 words (including endnotes), but shorter articles as well as longer ones of up to 10,000 will be considered. Anyone proposing to submit anything beyond these limits should contact the editor first. The journal does not publish notes.

Survey chapters of the ‘état présent’ in one linguistic field of Arthurian literature are commissioned by the editor (in consultation with the editorial board) every year, and are in the region of 7,000-10,000 words.

Guidelines for Submission

JIAS journal follows the MHRA (Modern Humanities Research Association) style guide, available freely online at http://www.mhra.org.uk/Publications/Books/StyleGuide/download.shtml (see chapters 10 and 11 in particular).

Double spacing should be used throughout, including quotations and endnotes, which should be in the same size of type as the rest of the article (Times New Roman, font 12). The text should be aligned to the left, not justified. Quotations and references should be checked carefully. Quotations from texts in one of the three official languages of the society should be given in the original without translation, while quotations from other languages, including Latin, should be accompanied by a translation into the modern language in which the submission is written. Captions and illustrations should be placed at the end.

If an article is accepted for publication, authors should provide 100-200 word abstracts in the three official languages of the Society, and a set of keywords. For submissions in English JIAS uses British spelling.

Copies of any illustrations should accompany the initial submission. Images will normally be in black and white; exceptionally colour images may be allowed if the argument of the article requires this. For initial consideration images may be sent in the form of scanned photocopies. On acceptance for publication images should be forwarded to the editor promptly, along with details of captions and permissions. It is the responsibility of the author to secure copyright permissions from the relevant copyright holder for any images used, and to meet any costs incurred.

Submissions should be sent electronically to jias@bangor.ac.uk, with an identical hard copy sent to Dr Raluca Radulescu, Editor, Journal of the International Arthurian Society, School of English, Bangor University, College Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2DG, Wales, UK. The subject line should read, in capitals, NEW SUBMISSION or RESUBMISSION (as appropriate). Enquiries about submissions are welcome, to the same address.

JIAS operates a double blind peer-review system; for this purpose the electronic submission (in Word format only) should not include any details such as your name, address or professional affiliation. Please include a separate coversheet with your submission, indicating your name and institutional affiliation, along with the title of your essay. In order to anonymise your electronic submission you need to go into the properties menu of your document (via the ‘File’ menu), and remove your name and institutional affiliation if they appear there. Your name and any other identifying information (academic affiliation, address, etc.) should appear only on your coversheet; this information will be removed from copies sent to readers. The author should also avoid any self-identification in the argument or documentation of the article. Final decisions about the acceptance of a submission for publication in JIAS are made by the Editor.

The Journal of the International Arthurian Society regrets that it will charge contributors for the cost of corrections in proof which the Editor in his or her discretion considers excessive. Contributors should keep a copy of their typescript and electronic submission. Typescripts not accepted for publication will not normally be returned. If your article is accepted, you will be asked to supply a definitive version of it in both hard copy and as an email attachment and must make sure the two are identical.

It is a condition of publication in this journal that authors of articles assign copyright, including electronic copyright, to the International Arthurian Society. This allows the Editor to deal efficiently and consistently with requests from third parties for permission to reproduce material. Permission, without a fee, for authors to use their own material in other publications, after a reasonable period of time has elapsed, is not normally withheld. It should be requested in writing from the Editor.

On publication of each issue of the journal authors will receive, by email, the finalized pdf file of their contribution as it appears in the printed volume. Authors of articles will also receive a complimentary copy of the printed issue in which the article appears.