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

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
 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Arthuriana Vol. 27, No. 4 for Winter 2017

I seem to have missed an issue here, but the latest number of Arthuriana is now available. Contents for Vol. 27, No. 4 follow. Abstracts and previews can be found at Project MUSE at https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/37763. Sadly, access is limited to journal subscribers or those with Project MUSE credentials.


(27.4)
http://arthuriana.org/access/27-4Contents.html

Restless Arthur: Medieval Romance Still on the Move in Popular Media
Elizabeth Ferszt and Nathaniel Bump 3


Sacramental Unity for a Saracen: Malory’s Conflicted Knight Palomides
Christine Sheridan Pyle 22


‘It Is Mainly Just That They Are Irish’: T. H. White’s Commentary on Twentieth Century Anglo-Irish Tensions in The Once and Future King
Emerson Storm Fillman Richards 39



Closure and Caxton’s Malory
Charles Wuest 60




REVIEWS


Dorothy Gilbert, trans. and ed, Marie de France: Poetry
Simonetta Cochis 79


Richard Firth Green, Elf Queens and Holy Friars: Fairy Beliefs and the Medieval Church
Melissa Ridley Elmes 80


Andrew James Johnston, Ethan Knapp, and Margitta Rouse, eds., The Art of Vision: Ekphrasis in Medieval Literature and Culture
Anne Laskaya 82


Kathleen Coyne Kelly and Tison Pugh, eds., Chaucer on Screen: Absence, Presence, and Adapting the Canterbury Tales
Peter W. Travis 85


Robin Melrose, Religion in Britain from the Megaliths to Arthur: An Archaeological and Mythological Exploration
Kenneth L. Campbell 87


Myra Seaman and Eileen A. Joy, eds., Fragments for a History of a Vanishing Humanism
Randy P. Schiff 89


Friday, June 23, 2017

Arthuriana for Summer 2017

The latest number (Vol. 27, No. 2) of Arthuriana is now available. Full details (from the publisher's website) follow. Content can also be viewed at Project MUSE (at https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/36557) if you have access to it.

Table of Contents
(27.2)




From Thebes to Camelot: Incest, Civil War, and Kin-Slaying in the Fall of Arthur’s Kingdom  
Paul Battles and Dominique Battles 3




Memories, Dreams, Shadows: Fantasy and the Reader in Susan Cooper’s The Grey King  
Jennifer Bryan 29




There and Back Again: A Malorian Wild Man’s Tale  
Laura Clark 55

 

 
The Questing Beast and the Noise of Adventure  
Adam Spellmire 73

 

 
A Dark Mirror: Death and The Cadaver Tomb in The Awntyrs off Arthure
Alexander J. Zawacki 87




   
REVIEWS  
 
Chris Bishop, Medievalist Comics and the American Century  
Richard Utz 102




Laine E. Doggett and Daniel E. O’Sullivan, eds., Founding Feminisms in Medieval Studies: Essays in Honor of E. Jane Burns
Lynn Shutters 104


 
Susanna Fein, ed., The Auchinleck Manuscript: New Perspectives  
Laura Ashe 105


 
Cecilia A. Hatt, God and the Gawain-Poet: Theology and Genre in ‘Pearl,’ ‘Cleanness,’ ‘Patience,’ and ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’  
Kevin Gustafson 108




Serina Patterson, ed., Games and Gaming in Medieval Literature  
Ryan R. Judkins 109


 
Jaclyn Rajsic, Erik Kooper, and Dominique Hoche, eds., The Prose ‘Brut’ and Other Late Medieval Chronicles. Books Have Their Histories: Essays in Honour of Lister M. Matheson  
Adrienne Williams Boyarin 111

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Day

Today is May 1st, May Day, and the birthday of Mordred according to tradition.

I believe he is the only character whose date of birth we know.




Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Arthuriana Spring 2017 Number

I was finally able to re-subscribe to Arthuriana this year. The first number for 2017 appeared recently. Contents follows. (Note, this volume is not yet available in Project MUSE.)

ARTHURIANA (SPRING 2017)

Table of Contents
(27.1)



The Servants of Chivalry? Dwarves and Porters in Malory and the Middle English Gawain Romances  
Megan G. Leitch 3



‘Ceaselessly losing our identity’: Psychic Rupture in ‘King Arthur’s Tomb’  
Rebecca Bruch King 28




Caritas Begins at Home: Virtue and Domesticity in Chrétien’s Yvain  
Rebekah M. Fowler 43
 

 
He Dreams of Dragons: Alchemical Imagery in the Medieval Dream Visions of King Arthur  
Melissa Ridley Elmes 73
 

 
*Winner of the ‘Fair Unknown’ Award*
Monster Relics: The Giant, the Archangel, and Mont-Saint-Michel in the Alliterative Morte Arthure
Christopher Lee Pipkin 95


 
The Round Table: News and Notes from the IAS-NAB114




REVIEWS  
 
Ana Sáez-Hidalgo and R.F. Yeager, eds., John Gower in England and Iberia: Manuscripts, In uences, Reception  
Kim Zarins 136


 
Alexander L. Kaufman, Shaun F. D. Hughes, and Dorsey Armstrong, eds., Telling Tales and Crafting Books: Essays in Honor of Thomas H. Ohlgren
Valerie B. Johnson 139




Jamie McKinstry, Middle English Romance and the Craft of Memory  
Maud Burnett McInerney 142


 
Joseph M. Sullivan, ed. and trans., Wigamur  
Jon Sherman 144

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mythcon 46 Program

Mythcon 46 convenes this summer in Colorado Springs, from 7/31 to 8/3, and the program is devoted to The Arthurian Mythos. Tentative program and conference details are available at http://www.mythsoc.org/mythcon/mythcon-46/.

I append the original call for papers (recently extended to 5/1) below:

The Arthurian Mythos: Well of Inspiration

Author Guest of Honor: Jo Walton
Jo Walton is a Welsh-Canadian fantasy and science fiction writer and poet. She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2002, the World Fantasy award for her novel Tooth and Claw in 2004, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy award for Lifelode in 2010.

Scholar Guest of Honor: John Rateliff
Inklings and Tolkien Scholar, winner of the 2009 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies for The History of the Hobbit Part One: Mr. Baggins; Part Two: Return to Bag-end.

The rich and varied Arthurian Mythos has provided inspiration for countless authors over centuries, including the Inklings. Each individual picks and chooses certain parts of that Mythos, and interprets it according to personal inclination, cultural, and chronological biases. Consider, for example: the varied and often contradictory ways the characters are interpreted; aspects of Arthuriana most studied or most ignored; historical background; its place in legend and myth. We also welcome papers focusing on other work and interests of the Inklings (especially J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Charles Williams), of our Guests of Honor, and other fantasy authors and themes. Papers from a variety of critical perspectives and disciplines are welcome. Papers from graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged; we offer an award for “Best Student Paper.” See details here (http://www.mythsoc.org/awards/student-paper/).

Each paper will be given a one-hour slot to allow time for questions, but individual papers should be timed for oral presentation in 40 minutes maximum. Two presenters who wish to present short, related papers may also share a one-hour slot. Participants are encouraged to submit papers chosen for presentation at the conference to Mythlore, the refereed journal of the Mythopoeic Society (http://www.mythsoc.org/mythlore/). All papers should conform to the MLA Style Manual.

Paper abstracts (250 word maximum), along with contact information, should be sent to the Papers Coordinator at the following email address by 1 May, 2015. Please include any AV requests and the projected time needed for your presentation. You will be notified if your paper is accepted after that date.

Edith L. Crowe
Faculty Emerita, San Jose State University
edithcrowe@comcast.net

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Journal of the International Arthurian Society 2.1

The latest number of the Journal of the International Arthurian Society volume 2, number 1 (2014) has been published. The journal can be accessed online at http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jias.2014.2.issue-1/issue-files/jias.2014.2.issue-1.xml or ordered from the publisher at http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jias

Contents as follows:

Volume 2, Issue 1 (Nov 2014)

Frontmatter
Page I
Published Online: 11/11/2014
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Editorial
Radulescu, Raluca
Page 1
Published Online: 11/11/2014

Variations on romance themes in the Historia Meriadoci
Archibald, Elizabeth
Page 3
Published Online: 11/11/2014

Revisiting the Manuscripts of Perceval and the Continuations: Publishing practices and authorial transition
Tether, Leah
Page 20
Published Online: 11/11/2014

Gawain’s Girdle and Joseph’s Garment: Tokens of ‘Vntrawþe’
Gill, Jana Lyn
Page 46
Published Online: 11/11/2014
[winner of the journal's essay prize for 2014]

A New Arthurian Text: the Tuscan translation of the Lancelot en prose
Cadioli, Luca
Page 63
Published Online: 11/11/2014

New Fragments of Le bel inconnu
Busby, Keith
Page 70
Published Online: 11/11/2014

Arthurian Vogues: Pierre Gallais’s Neglected Evidence
Boyd, Matthieu
Page 80
Published Online: 11/11/2014

Bleheri, la cour de Poitiers et la diffusion des récits arthuriens sur le continent
Gallais†, Pierre
Page 84
Published Online: 11/11/2014
[reprinted from 1965; in French] 

Review article
Stephen Shepherd: Malory, Sir Thomas, Le Morte Darthur, ed. by P. J. C. Field. Arthurian Studies LXXX. 2 vols. Cambridge (D. S. Brewer), 2013. $340.00.
Page 114
Published Online: 11/11/2014

Obituaries
Professor Fanni Bogdanow (1927–2013)
Page 121

Xenja von Ertzdorff-Kupffer (20. 4. 1933–25. 9. 2013)
Page 125

Annual Prize Competition
Page 128
Published Online: 11/11/2014


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

CFP Inklings and King Arthur

Sorry to have missed this:

Call for Papers: Edited Volume
edited by Sørina Higgins

OVERVIEW:

The recent publication of The Fall of Arthur, an unfinished poem by J.R.R. Tolkien, revealed a startling aspect of the legendarium. The key is found in notes Tolkien left about how he intended the fragmentary Fall of Arthur to continue (included in Christopher Tolkien’s editorial matter). After Arthur was carried away for healing, Lancelot would follow him into the West, never to return.

In other words, Lancelot functions like Eärendel. He sails into the West, seeking a lost paradise. If Tolkien had finished this poem, he could have woven it together with The Silmarillion so that his elvish history mapped onto the legends of Arthur, forming a foundation for “real” English history and language. In addition, he could have collaborated with Lewis, Williams, and Barfield, creating a totalizing myth greater than any they wrote individually.

The publication of this extraordinary poem thus invites an examination of the theological, literary, historical, and linguistic implications of both the actual Arthurian writings by the major Inklings and of an imaginary, composite, Inklings Arthuriad. This collection will compare the Arthurian works, especially the mythological geographies, of Tolkien, Lewis, Williams, Barfield, their predecessors, and their contemporaries.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Survey of Arthurian literature to 1900
Arthur in England during the World Wars
Spiritual Quest in a Scientific Age
On Mythological Geographies
Tolkien and/or Lewis as Arthurian scholars
Lancelot as Eärendel? The Fall of Arthur andThe Silmarillion
Western Isles and and Faerie Land: The Geography of The Fall of Arthur
Perelandra: Avalon in the Heavens?
That Hideous Strength: Merlin and The Pendragon
Williams’ Anatomical Arthur or Williams’ Occult Arthur
Tolkien, Lewis, or Williams as Political Commentators
George MacDonald and Faerie
G.K. Chesterton and the Historical Arthur
James Frazer and Jessie Weston on Romantic Rituals
Arthur Machen and Arthur Edward Waite: Occult Arthurs
Arthur for Kids: Roger Lancelyn Green
Owen Barfield and the Holy Grail
World War Arthurs
John Cowper Powys’s Glastonbury
T.S. Eliot’s Wasteland
Meta-Malory: T.H. White

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION PROCESS
Submissions are invited from any geographic region, and representing the disciplines of literature, theology, or history. Abstracts should be between 500 and 1000 words and should include:
• Name(s) and contact information, including institutional affiliation and email address(es);
• A brief introduction to the topic, including scope and texts under consideration;
• The theoretical framework used;
• The main conclusions;
• The implications of this paper for the overall vision of this volume.

In addition, please submit a curriculum vitae, including a list of previous publications. However, please note that younger and emergent scholars, including promising graduate students, are especially invited to submit, so a shorter list of publications should not deter applications.
Please note: all submissions must represent previously unpublished work.

Interested authors are invited to submit an abstract for a proposed chapter by 1 February 2014 to the collection editor, Sørina Higgins: inklings.arthur@gmail.com.

Selected authors will be notified by 1 April 2014, and will be invited to contribute a full-length chapter by 1 November 2014. Essays should be between 4,000 and 10,000 words and conform to MLA style. All chapters will be peer-reviewed by the collection editor and at least one other external reviewer before submission to the publishing house Editor.

Please direct inquiries and submissions to inklings.arthur@gmail.com.

EDITOR BIOGRAPHY
Sørina Higgins blogs about Charles Williams at The Oddest Inkling. She is currently editing The Chapel of the Thorn by Williams (forthcoming from Apocryphile). Her article “Double Affirmation: Medievalism as Christian Apologetic in the Arthurian Poetry of Charles Williams” featured in a topical issue of The Journal of Inklings Studies in October 2013, and her chapter “Is a ‘Christian’ Mystery Story Possible? Charles Williams’ War in Heaven as a Generic Case Study” appears in Christianity & the Detective Story (Cambridge Scholars, 2013). Sørina serves as Review Editor of Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal, teaches English at Penn State (Lehigh Valley) and Lehigh Carbon Community College, and holds an M.A. from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English.