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

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Arthurian Literature for 2010

Publisher D. S. Brewer has recently released an all Malory issue of the annual Arthurian Literature. Unfortunately, the contributors are not listed online, but other details are as follows:

Arthurian Literature XXVIII
Spec. Issue: Blood, Sex, Malory: Essays on the Morte Darthur
Edited by David Clark and Kate McClune.

First Published: 20 Oct 2011
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843842811
Pages: 214
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: D.S.Brewer

Sex, blood, and gender have diverse associations in the Malorian tradition, yet their inter-relatedness and intersections are comparatively understudied. This present collection of essays is intended to go some way toward remedying the need for a sustained examination of blood ties, kinship, gender, and sexuality, and the prominence of these themes in Malory's work. They concentrate in particular upon the analyses of sexuality and sexual activity (and its lack or erasure) and the significance of blood (and blood-shedding) in the Morte Darthur, as well as the interconnections with gender (biological sex) and familial ("blood") relations in the Morte, its sources and its later reworkings. The result is a wide-ranging investigation into related but distinctive thematic preoccupations, including the national and kinship affiliations of Malorian knights, sibling relationships, deviant sexuality, and blood-spilling in martial and intimate contexts.

1 Preface
2 Reading Malory's Bloody Bedrooms
3 [Dis]Figuring Transgressive Desire: Blood, Sex, and Stained Sheets in Malory's Morte Darthur
4 Bewmaynes: The Threat from the Kitchen
5 Sibling Relations in Malory's Morte Darthur
6 'Traytoures' and 'Treson': the Language of Treason in the Works of Sir Thomas Malory
7 'The Vengeaunce of My Brethirne': Blood Ties in Malory's Morte Darthur
8 Malory and the Scots
9 Blood, Faith and Saracens in 'The Book of Sir Tristram'
10 Barriers Unbroken: Sir Palomydes the Saracen in 'The Book of Sir Tristram'
11 Virginity, Sexuality, Repression and Return in the 'Tale of the Sankgreal'
12 Launcelot in Compromising Positions: Fabliau in Malory's 'Tale of Sir Launcelot du Lake'

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