To me, methought, who waited with a crowd,
There came a bark that, blowing forward, bore
King Arthur, like a modern gentleman
Of stateliest port; and all the people cried,
"Arthur is come again: he cannot die."

"Morte d'Arthur" (1842)
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Friday, June 14, 2019

Arthuriana Summer 2019

The latest number of Arthuriana has been released. It is a special issue devoted to celebrating the work of Kevin J. Harty.

Subscribers may access the contents at the journal website or through Project MUSE.


Table of Contents
(29.2)


Preface
Alan Lupack and Barbara Tepa Lupack 3

‘Who are the Britons?’ Questions of Ethnic and National Identity in Arthurian Films
Christopher A. Snyder 6

Queer as Folk
Donald L. Hoffman 24

Tristan in Film
Joan Tasker Grimbert 47

A Connecticut Yankee at the Movies
Barbara Tepa Lupack 64

Romancing the Cold War: America’s Atomic Narrative Gets Medieval
Susan Aronstein 86

From Kids as Galahad to Kid Galahad
Alan Lupack 102



REVIEWS
 
Glen Burger, Conduct Becoming: Good Wives and Husbands in the Later Middle Ages
Nicole Sidhu 115
 
Michael Calabrese, An Introduction to Piers Plowman
Rosemary O’Neill 117
 
Joe Cornish, dir., The Kid Who Would Be King  
Alan Lupack 119
 
David Mackenzie, dir., Outlaw King
Andrew B.R. Elliott 121
 
Karen Sullivan, The Danger of Romance: Truth, Fantasy, and Arthurian Fictions
Laine E. Doggett 122
 
James Wan, dir., Aquaman  
Susan Aronstein and Taran Drummond 124

Thursday, June 6, 2019

CFP Does the Matter of Britain (Still) Matter?: Reflections on the State of Arthurian Studies Today (A Roundtable) (9/30/2019; NeMLA Boston 3/5-8/2020)


Call for Papers for Does the Matter of Britain (Still) Matter?: Reflections on the State of Arthurian Studies Today (A Roundtable)

51st Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association

Boston Marriott Copley Place, in Boston, Massachusetts, from 5-8 March 2020

Paper abstracts are due by 30 September 2019

Session organized by Michael A. Torregrossa, The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain

The Arthurian legend is now over a millennium and a half old and continues to inspire new creative works each year. However, texts with widespread distribution and/or lasting impact are rare. Consequently, the Matter of Britain now often seems very distant from our daily lives. The purpose of this session is to explore the reasons for this separation of the stories of Arthur from the popular consciousness.

In conceiving this session, we are interested in exploring the answers to several questions. First, why has the Matter of Britain—once an important part of what J. R. R. Tolkien has termed “the cauldron of story”—now become something that is sampled by few artists with the means to promote their work to the larger segment of the global population that once devoured such stories with enthusiasm? Continuing with this idea, do these works, when noticed, not receive acclaim simply because of their creators’ failure to overcome what Norris J. Lacy has termed the “tyranny of tradition” and produce something that is both recognizable and innovative, or has the legend truly become a niche brand, a fascination to a few cognoscenti but something totally off the radar of most individuals? Similarly, when versions of the legend are produced by individuals with the means to create something that transcends the financial and distributive restrictions that hold back other works (and that might thus have the potential to shape how the current generation perceives the Arthurian story), why do they so often not succeed? Have these creators also simply failed to negotiate the tyranny of tradition, or are audiences at large just not interested in Arthur and all that he represents anymore? Lastly, if the legend no longer appeals, what is the future of Arthurian Studies (and Arthurian scholars) in the remainder of the twenty-first century? Should we entrench ourselves and hope for the best, or can we fight for our field and the glory that was Camelot?

This session is a roundtable, in which 3-10 participants give brief, informal presentations (5-10 minutes) and the session is open to conversation and debate between participants and the audience.

The direct link for this session is https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18038. Please contact the organizers at KingArthurForever2000@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.


Abstract submissions must be made through NeMLA’s official site. Applicants will need to login or create an account at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/login. Submissions must begin with a paper title of not more than 100 characters (including spaces) and adhering to the following: capitalize titles by MLA formatting rules unless the title is in a language other than English; do not use quotation marks in the session title or abstract title itself but please use only single quotation marks around titles of short stories, poems, and similar short works; italicize the titles of long works mentioned in the paper title; and do not place a period at the end of the title. Submissions should also include an academic biography (usually transferred from your NeMLA profile) and a paper abstract of not more than 300 words; be sure to italicize or use quotation marks around titles according to MLA guidelines.


Please be aware that NeMLA membership is not required to submit abstracts, but it is required to present at the convention. In addition, note that it is permissible to present on (1) a panel (or seminar) and (2) a roundtable or a creative session, but it is not permissible to present on a panel and a seminar (because both are paper-based), on two panels or two roundtables (because both would be the same type). Further information on these and other policies can be accessed at http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers/submit.html.

Chairs will confirm the acceptance of abstracts before 15 October 2019. At that time, applicants must confirm the panel on which they wish to participate. Convention registration/membership for 2019-2020 must be paid by 1 December 2019.



CFP Afterlives of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (9/30/2019; NeMLA Boston 3/5-8/2020)


Call for Papers for Afterlives of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

51st Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association

Boston Marriott Copley Place, in Boston, Massachusetts, from 5-8 March 2020

Paper abstracts are due by 30 September 2019

Session organized by Michael A. Torregrossa, The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain

Writer Mark Twain and illustrator Daniel Carter Beard’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889) has had a long history of adaptation in popular culture, but the full scope of its reception remains untold. There are, of course, the obvious texts, both in print and on film, that merely retell the story. Of these, more work is needed on the illustrative tradition. Along with retellings, there are also a small number of works that continue Connecticut Yankee. These appear entirely unknown to Twainians but offer a unique approach to the author’s legacy. More importantly, Connecticut Yankee itself or its story as mediated through one of its many retellings has also stimulated new narratives detached from Twain and Beard’s telling that recast characters and restage events. Also relatively unknown by scholars of the novel, these materials can be found throughout modern popular culture, and, although Elizabeth S. Sklar somewhat derisibly labels these as “spinoffs and ripoffs” of the novel, they are of value (as she suggests) and perhaps more so than the retellings because such items serve as the base for an extensive corpus of transformations of the novel that send various protagonists, all characters more familiar to contemporary readers and viewers than Twain’s Hank Morgan, into the medieval past and set a common pattern for time travel stories.

In the end, this session will offer a broad view of adaptations of the Connecticut Yankee story to situate both retellings and the lesser known and/or hitherto unknown continuations and recastings into a new continuum to offer a more complete picture of the novel’s effect on popular culture and provide fresh insight into the various ways that the producers responsible for these re-imaginings have appropriated the story and its time-travel motif for their own purposes.

This session is a paper panel in traditional format, which will include 3-4 participants, reading a formal paper of 15-20 minutes (2500-3000 words) as set by the chair, followed by Q&A.
The direct link for this session is https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18029. Please contact the organizers at KingArthurForever2000@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.


Abstract submissions must be made through NeMLA’s official site. Applicants will need to login or create an account at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/login. Submissions must begin with a paper title of not more than 100 characters (including spaces) and adhering to the following: capitalize titles by MLA formatting rules unless the title is in a language other than English; do not use quotation marks in the session title or abstract title itself but please use only single quotation marks around titles of short stories, poems, and similar short works; italicize the titles of long works mentioned in the paper title; and do not place a period at the end of the title. Submissions should also include an academic biography (usually transferred from your NeMLA profile) and a paper abstract of not more than 300 words; be sure to italicize or use quotation marks around titles according to MLA guidelines.

Please be aware that NeMLA membership is not required to submit abstracts, but it is required to present at the convention. In addition, note that it is permissible to present on (1) a panel (or seminar) and (2) a roundtable or a creative session, but it is not permissible to present on a panel and a seminar (because both are paper-based), on two panels or two roundtables (because both would be the same type). Further information on these and other policies can be accessed at http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers/submit.html.

Chairs will confirm the acceptance of abstracts before 15 October 2019. At that time, applicants must confirm the panel on which they wish to participate. Convention registration/membership for 2019-2020 must be paid by 1 December 2019.


NeMLA News

I'm pleased to announce that the Northeast Modern Language Association has accepted two Arthurian themed sessions that I submitted for their 2020 convention. Full details to follow.

Michael A. Torregrossa
Founder, Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Arthuriana for Spring 2019 Out Now

Arthuriana Vol. 29, No. 1 for Spring 2019 is now available to subscribers and on Project MUSE. The contents are as follows. The main section is a special issue on "Malorian and Scholarly Retraction.

INTRODUCTION
‘But rather I wolde sey: here in thys worlde he chaunged hys lyff ’: Malorian and Scholarly Retraction
Karen Cherewatuk and Meg Roland

Retraction and the Making of Arthurian Texts
Michael W. Twomey

Malory’s Lancelot: Not ‘Either/Or’ but ‘Both/And’
Karen Cherewatuk

‘But that was but favour of makers’: Retractions, Editions, and Authorship in Malory’s Le Morte Darthur
Meg Roland

Malory’s Political Views: My Final Retraction
Edward Donald Kennedy

Memory and Losing One’s Head in Malory’s Morte Darthur
Catherine Batt

Mordred’s Lost Childhood
Elizabeth Archibald

Memories of War: Retracting the Interpretive Tradition of the Alliterative Morte Arthure
Fiona Tolhurst and K.S. Whetter

Malory’s Death Poem
Thomas H. Crofts


*Winner of the ‘Fair Unknown’ Award*
‘And there she lete make herself a nunne’: Guinevere’s Afterlife as a Nun in British Culture of the Mid-Nineteenth to Early Twentieth Century
Ellie Crookes


The Round Table: News from the IAS-NAB



REVIEWS

Laura Chuhan Campbell, The Medieval Merlin Tradition in France and Italy: Prophecy, Paradox, and Translatio
Florence Marsal

Katherine Barnes Echols, King Arthur and Robin Hood on the Radio: Adaptations for American Listeners
Dan Nastali

Joshua Byron Smith, Walter Map and the Matter of Britain
Elizabeth M. Willingham

Leah Tether, Publishing the Grail in Medieval and Renaissance France
Leona Archer

Raymond H. Thompson, The Swan Maiden
Norris J. Lacy


Thursday, July 19, 2018

CFP: ICMS 2019 - More "Lesser" Arthuriana

This session will continue the conversations of the successful 2018 session on “Lesser” English Arthuriana. One of the findings of this session was that medieval and modern Arthurian texts that are considered “lesser” often highlight women’s voices, and as a result are either lacking in editions and scholarship and rarely taught, or are glossed and translated in ways that obfuscate or even erase their focus on women’s voices. “More ’Lesser’ Arthuriana” will open this line of inquiry to medieval and postmedieval Arthurian texts in all languages to consider how and why such texts come to be considered extra-canonical or “lesser.” How might a renewed discussion of such texts’ place in our research and teaching contribute to a deeper understanding of the aesthetic diversity of the Arthurian canon and the Middle Ages more generally? How might they help us to re-think and re-frame the “canonical” Arthurian texts on which we often focus? This session welcomes papers that focus on teaching these “lesser” texts or on scholarly or editorial interventions. Please send proposals to Dr. Usha Vishnuvajjala at ukv630@gmail.com by Sept 1.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

British Branch 2018 Conference Information

Came across the following tonight:


Programme now available for the International Arthurian Society British Branch, Annual Meeting 2018
http://www.internationalarthuriansociety.com/news/view/programme-now-available-for-the-iasbb-annual-meeting-2018/

​International Arthurian Society British Branch, Annual Meeting

University of Birmingham

10th-12th September 2018

The programme is now available for this conference:

Programme (pdf)

Conference registration page:

https://shop.bham.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/college-of-arts-law/school-of-english-drama-american-canadian-studies/international-arthurian-society-british-branch-conference

Conference accommodation

Please note that the registration fee does not include accommodation, which is available at Lucas House, the university conference park, with en suite rooms priced at approx. £40-70, on a first-come, first-served basis.

To book accomodation, please ring 0121 415 8400 (for Venue Birmingham; the name of the contact there is Lucy Woods).

A number of budget options are also available in the city centre.

Maps and Transport

We have a train station on the main Edgbaston campus (where the conference will be held), 'University', which is a short train journey from New Street Station. There is also a taxi rank at New Street and the other stations in Birmingham city centre.

A map of the campus is available online.

Any queries, then please contact Dr Victoria Flood, on v.flood@bham.ac.uk

Monday, April 16, 2018

CFP Arthurian Legend in the 20th & 21st Centuries (proposals 5/31/2018)

A third CFP for Arthuriana this month. Does this suggest a resurgence of interest in the Matter of Britain?

Call for chapter proposals in “Arthurian Legend in the 20th & 21st Centuries”
https://vernonpress.com/proposal/25/a95fc45a5abe0a5f037a6435acbbe029

Vernon Press invites chapter proposals on Arthurian Legend in the 20th & 21st Centuries. The volume will be edited by Susan Austin, Associate Professor of English at Landmark College in Putney, VT.



Nostalgia for an imagined and glorious past has influenced the evolution of stories about King Arthur and his court for centuries. According to the moods and needs of the period, new characters were added to demonstrate or question the excellence of these paragons, or to replace those who had perhaps become too human or simply gone out of style. New plot motifs, such as the search for the grail and Lancelot’s love for Guinevere became part of the legend.

The past hundred years has brought the legend of King Arthur to Broadway, television, comedy, and Disney; countless authors have appropriated or reimagined the legend and elements from it. How have films, television shows, games, comics, and books for all audiences and ages employed Arthurian characters, themes, motifs, and plots? How have these changes reflected shifting cultural attitudes and values? What do recent retellings and appropriations of Arthurian legend tell us about ourselves and the generations immediately preceding us? How have these changes reflected shifting cultural attitudes and values? What do we want and need from King Arthur and his court?

Possible contributions may include the following topics (non-comprehensive list, open to suggestions):

- How do references to and re-imaginings of Arthurian legend appear in literature, film, television and popular culture in general from 1960 onward?

- How have films, games, comics, and books for all ages employed Arthurian characters, themes, motifs, and plots?



Deadline for proposals: 31st May 2018

How to submit your proposal

Please submit one-page proposals including an annotated summary, a short biographical note and (if available) a list of similar titles.

For further questions or to submit your proposal, you can write to: SAustin@landmark.edu or carolina.sanchez@vernonpress.com

A paper that has been published previously may not be included.

About the publisher

Vernon Press is an independent publisher of scholarly books in the social sciences and humanities. Our mission is to serve the community of academic and professional scholars by providing a visible, quality platform for the dissemination of emergent ideas. We work closely with authors, academic associations, distributors and library information specialists to identify and develop high quality, high impact titles. For more information, visit www.vernonpress.com




Page last updated on March 12th 2018. All information correct at the time, but subject to change.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

CFP Reading Arthur Today (9/3/2018)

Here is the second call:

 ‘Rex Quondam Rexque Futurus’: Reading Arthur Today
https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2018/04/03/%E2%80%98rex-quondam-rexque-futurus%E2%80%99-reading-arthur-today

deadline for submissions: 
September 3, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
The Apollonian. A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies
Rex Quondam Rexque Futurus’: Reading Arthur Today
Ana Rita Martins & Diana Marques
School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon | ULICES

In the work Travels in Hyperreality, Umberto Eco stated, “It seems people like the Middle Ages” (61). Considering the vast number of contemporary revisions on all aspects of medieval life, it seems Eco was right. From video games to films, novels to paintings, the medieval imaginary remains present in nearly every field of contemporary culture. In the academia, medievalism, “the study of responses to the Middle Ages at all periods since a sense of the mediaeval began to develop” (Shippey), is a growing field of study, which has spawned a number of publications over the last couple of years (D’Arcens 2016; Ashton 2015; Matthews 2015). Of the numerous characters, images and places retrieved or refashioned from the Middle Ages, King Arthur, “Rex Quondam Rexque Futurus” (Malory 689), stands today as he did in the medieval period as one of the weightiest figures.

As a point of fantasy identification where a group as large as a nation could locate itself (Cohen 69), Arthur is intrinsically linked to the British Isles. Yet, the stories around King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table have also been regarded as “[o]ne of the West’s few remaining master myths” and “capable of embodying almost any desire” (Haydock 165), which might explain why they have been revisited, reimagined, and remodelled over the last two centuries with unceasing interest. Arthur’s long reign still holds a strong pull over Western imagination and beyond, even in cases in which its retelling is not quite successful, as seems to have been the case of the most recent film adaptation Excalibur: The Legend of the Sword (Dir. Guy Richie, 2017).

For this special issue we are looking for new approaches to the Arthurian myth that consider how these stories have been refashioned through different forms and media to suit modern and post-modern society. We are especially interested in readings that take into account non-conventional approaches (such as queer, gender, racial, monster studies, etc.) and themes/voices thus far considered marginal. We seek papers and original critical articles that address these concerns from a variety of perspectives. Themes may include, but are not limited to:
  • Arthurian heroism today;
  • Arthur on screen (film, video-games, television);
  • Contemporary Arthur;
  • Emotions: Medieval and/versus Modern;
  • Influence of Arthurian myth on contemporary medieval fantasy;
  • Medieval characters, modern concerns;
  • Medievalism and neomedievalism in Arthurian studies;
  • New versions of Excalibur;
  • The Arthurian myth beyond Britain;
  • Voices at (and from) the edge.

Papers of up to 8000 words using MLA referencing style, accompanied by an abstract within 300 words, must be submitted to the following email address reading.arthur.today@gmail.com by SEPTEMBER 3, 2018.

Works cited
Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome. Of Giants. Sex, Monsters and the Middle Ages. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 1999.
Eco, Umberto. Travels in Hyperreality. Trans. William Weaver. San Diego: Harvest, 1986.
Haydock, Nickolas. Movie Medievalism. The Imaginary Middle Ages. Jefferson and London: McFarland & Company, 2008.
Malory, Thomas. Le Morte D’Arthur. Ed. Stephen H.A. Shepherd. New York and London: A Norton Critical Edition, 2004.
Shippey, Tom. The International Society for the Study of Medievalism. http://www.medievalism.net. Accessed Feb.15, 2017.

Last updated April 3, 2018

CFP Arthurian Literature Volume 35 (5/4/2018)

I hadn't planned on updating the blog tonight but came across two calls for papers of definite interest. Here is the first.


deadline for submissions: 
May 4, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Arthurian Literature, Boydell & Brewer
contact email: 
The editors of Arthurian Literature invite submissions for Volume 35 (2019).
Arthurian Literature is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published annually by Boydell & Brewer. Previous editors include Richard Barber, James P. Carley, Felicity Riddy, Roger Dalrymple and Keith Busby. The current editors are Elizabeth Archibald and David Johnson. For further information on the journal, please see:
https://boydellandbrewer.com/series/arthurian-literature.html

Articles relating to any area of Arthurian studies are welcome. Arthurian Literature specialises in publishing articles on literary, historical and art historical topics relating to the medieval textual sources of the Arthurian legend, but has a broad scope and has also published articles on music, heraldic emblems and photographic illustrations. The primary focus of the journal is medieval and early modern, but articles on Arthurian reception are also welcome. High quality, scholarly studies on the medieval sources of the Arthurian legend or their afterlives are invited to be considered for the current volume.

Articles may be up to 20,000 words in length. The journal also publishes new editions of medieval texts; and scholarly pieces under 5,000 words, which are considered as notes.
There is no strict deadline for submissions, but articles should be submitted by 4 May 2018 in order to be considered for inclusion in the current volume. Please send your submission to all three of the following email addresses: e.f.archibald@durham.ac.uk, djohnson@fsu.edu, a.e.dow@durham.ac.uk

 Last updated March 27, 2018