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

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Arthurian Literature XXIX Advance Notice

New information on the next number of Arthurian Literature:

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

Availability: Not yet published
First Published: 20 Dec 2012
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843843337
Pages: 232
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: D.S.Brewer
Series: Arthurian Literature
Subject: Medieval Literature
Details updated on 27 Jun 2012

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.

Professor Elizabeth Archibald teaches in the Department of English at the University of Bristol; 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

Arthur of the English and Germans Reissued

Also distributed by University of Chicago Press:

The Arthur of the English: The Arthurian Legend in Medieval English Life and Literature
Edited by W. R. J. Barron

Distributed for University of Wales Press
442 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 1999, 2001
University of Wales Press - Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages

The English think of Arthur as their own—stamped on the landscape in scores of place names and echoed in the names of their princes. This book, which brings together the work of leading international scholars, is the first comprehensive treatment of Arthurian legend in English life and literature. Literary studies are interspersed with chapters on the political and social manifestations of the Arthurian legend, the influence of continental romance tradition, and the impact of the medieval legacy to later centuries of English literature. This edition also includes a chapter dealing with questions of production, circulation, and readership of the Arthurian tales.

The Contributors

1. The Celtic Tradition
      Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan
2. Dynastic Chronicles
      W. R. J. Barron, Françoise Le Saux, Lesley Johnson
Interchapter A: Arthur in English History
      James P. Carley
3. The Romance Tradition
      Catherine Batt and Rosalind Field
4. Dynastic Romance
      Karen Hodder, David Burnley, Lesley Johnson and Carole Weinberg
5. Chivalric Romance
      Maldwyn Mills, Elizabeth Williams, Flora Alexander, Rosamund Allen, W. R. J. Barron
Interchapter B: Arthur in English Society
      Juliet Vale
6. Folk Romance
      Gillian Rogers, Diane Speed, David Griffith and John Withrington
7. Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur
      P.J.C. Field
8. The Arthurian Legacy 
      Chris Brooks and Inga Bryden 

Postscript: Authors and Audiences
      John J. Thompson
Reference Bibliography

The Arthur of the Germans: The Arthurian Legend in Medieval German and Dutch Literature
Edited by W. H. Jackson and S. A. Ranawake

Distributed for University of Wales Press
337 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2000
University of Wales Press - Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages

From the twelfth century on, the legends of King Arthur and his knights spread across Europe, resulting in a wide range of adaptations and often completely new stories. Central to this expansion were the Germans and the Dutch, both of whom contributed works of outstanding quality. This edited collection surveys German and Dutch Arthurian literature, all the while documenting how the legends were modified as they came into contact with northern and central European traditions. The Arthur of the Germans will appeal to students and scholars of medieval literature and anyone interested in Arthurian, Tristan, and Grail legends.

The Contributors
      W. H. Jackson and Silvia Ranawake

Part One: Reception and Appropriation: The German Verse Romances, Twelfth Century to 1300
1. The Western Background
      Ingrid Kasten
2. The Emergence of German Arthurian Romance: Hartmannn von Aue and Ulrich von Zatzikhoven
      Silvia Ranawake
3. The Emergence of the German Grail Romance: Wolfram von Eschenbach, Parzival
      Timothy McFarland
4. Fragment and Expansion: Wolfram von Eschenbach, Titurel and Albrecht, Jüngerer Titurel
      Marion Gibbs
5. Three Post-Classical Authors: Heinrich von dem Türlin, Der Stricker, Der Pleier
      Rosemary E. Wallbank
6. Intertextuality in the Later Thirteenth Century: Wigamur, Gauriel, Lohengrin and the Fragments of Arthurian Romances
      Matthias Meyer

Part Two: Continuity and Change in the Later Middle Ages
7. Tristan Narratives from the High to the Late Middle Ages
      Mark Chinca
Appendix to Chapter 7: Arthur in the Tristan Tradition
      Volker Mertens
8. The Wigalois Narratives
      Volker Honemann
9. The Reception of Prose: The Prosa-Lancelot
      Elizabeth A. Andersen
10. Late Medieval Summations: Rappoltsteiner Parzifal and Ulrich Füetrer’s Buch der Abenteuer
      Bernd Bastert
11. Lorengel and the Spruch von den Tafelrundern
      W. H. Jackson

Part Three: The Medieval Dutch Arthurian Material
12. The Medieval Dutch Arthurian Material
      Bart Besamusca

Part Four: Other Literary, Pictorial and Social Manifestations of Arthurian Culture
13. Arthurian Romance and German Heroic Poetry
      John L. Flood
14. Arthurian Elements in Drama and Meisterlieder
      John E. Tailby
15. King Arthur and his Round Table in the Culture of Medieval Bohemia and in Medieval Czech Literature
      Alfred Thomas
16. The Medieval German Pictorial Experience
      James Rushing
17. The Arthurian Material and German Society in the Middle Ages
      W. H. Jackson

Part Five: The Legacy 
18. Early Printed Editions of Arthurian Romances 
      John L. Flood 
19. The Modern Reception of the Arthurian Legend 
      Ulrich Müller and Werner Wunderlich 

General Bibliography

The Arthur of the North

The Arthur of the North: The Arthurian Legend in the Norse and Rus' Realms
Edited by Marianne E. Kalinke

University of Chicago Press; Distributed for University of Wales Press
223 pages | 6 1/4 x 10 | © 2011
University of Wales Press - Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages

The Arthur legends and literature are generally associated with England and France, where they grew up and reached their full flowering. But as early as the thirteenth century, they had also reached Scandinavia and begun influencing poetry and ballads there. The Arthur of the North explores the circumstances of the transmission of Arthurian literature to the Nordic region, with a particular focus on Belarus.

      Ad Putter
      Marianne E. Kalinke

1. The Introduction of the Arthurian Legend in Scandinavia
      Marianne E. Kalinke
2. Sources, Translations, Redactions, Manuscript Transmission
      Marianne E. Kalinke
3. Breta sögur and Merlínússpá
      Stefanie Gropper
4. The Tristan Legend
      Geraldine Barnes
5. The Translated Lais
      Carolyne Larrington
6. The Old Norse-Icelandic Transmission of Chrétien de Troyes’s Romances: Ívens saga, Erex saga, Parcevals saga with Valvens þáttr
      Claudia Bornholdt
7. The Old Swedish Hærra Ivan Leons riddare
      William Layher
8. Arthurian Echoes in Indigenous Icelandic Sagas
      Marianne E. Kalinke
9. Arthurian Ballads, rímur, Chapbooks and Folktales
      M. J. Driscoll
10. Arthurian Literature in East Slavic
      Susana Torres Prieto

General Bibliography
      Marianne E. Kalinke
Index of Manuscripts
General Index

The Arthur of Medieval Latin Literature

The Arthur of Medieval Latin Literature: The Development and Dissemination of the Arthurian Legend in Medieval Latin

Edited by Siân Echard
University of Chicago Press; Distributed for University of Wales Press
199 pages | 6 1/4 x 10 | © 2011
University of Wales Press - Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages

Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain, written in Latin, is one of the earliest sources for many of the legends we now associate with King Arthur and his knights. What is little known, however, is that the tradition of Arthur stories in Latin extended well beyond Geoffrey. This collection offers essays that highlight different aspects of that broader Latin Arthurian tradition.

      Ad Putter
Introduction: The Arthur of Medieval Latin Literature
      Siân Echard

Section One: The Seeds of History and Legend
1. The Chroniclers of Early Britain
      Nick Higham
2. Arthur in Early Saints’ Lives
      Andrew Breeze

Section Two: Geoffrey of Monmouth
3. Geoffrey of Monmouth
      Siân Echard
4. Geoffrey and the Prophetic Tradition
      Julia Crick

Section Three: Chronicles and Romances
5. Latin Historiography after Geoffrey of Monmouth
      Ad Putter
6. Glastonbury
      Edward Donald Kennedy
7. Arthurian Latin Romance
      Elizabeth Archibald

Section Four: After the Middle Ages
8. Arthur and the Antiquaries
      James P. Carley

Index of Manuscripts
General Index

Blackwell Companion to Arthurian Literature

A Companion to Arthurian Literature
Helen Fulton (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-67237-2
592 pages
February 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
US $44.95

This Companion offers a chronological sweep of the canon of Arthurian literature - from its earliest beginnings to the contemporary manifestations of Arthur found in film and electronic media. Part of the popular series, Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture, this expansive volume enables a fundamental understanding of Arthurian literature and explores why it is still integral to contemporary culture.

  • Offers a comprehensive survey from the earliest to the most recent works
  • Features an impressive range of well-known international contributors
  • Examines contemporary additions to the Arthurian canon, including film and computer games
  • Underscores an understanding of Arthurian literature as fundamental to western literary tradition

List of Illustrations viii
Notes on Contributors ix

Introduction: Theories and Debates 1
Helen Fulton

Part I The Arthur of History 13

1 The End of Roman Britain and the Coming of the Saxons: An Archaeological Context for Arthur? 15
Alan Lane

2 Early Latin Sources: Fragments of a Pseudo-Historical Arthur 30
N. J. Higham

3 History and Myth: Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae 44
Helen Fulton

4 The Chronicle Tradition 58
Lister M. Matheson

Part II Celtic Origins of the Arthurian Legend 71

5 The Historical Context: Wales and England 800–1200 73
Karen Jankulak and Jonathan M. Wooding

6 Arthur and Merlin in Early Welsh Literature: Fantasy and Magic Naturalism 84
Helen Fulton

7 The Arthurian Legend in Scotland and Cornwall 102
Juliette Wood

8 Arthur and the Irish 117
Joseph Falaky Nagy

9 Migrating Narratives: Peredur, Owain, and Geraint 128
Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan

Part III Continental Arthurian Traditions 143

10 The "Matter of Britain" on the Continent and the Legend of Tristan and Iseult in France, Italy, and Spain 145
Joan Tasker Grimbert

11 Chrétien de Troyes and the Invention of Arthurian Courtly Fiction 160
Roberta L. Krueger

12 The Allure of Otherworlds: The Arthurian Romances in Germany 175
Will Hasty

13 Scandinavian Versions of Arthurian Romance 189
Geraldine Barnes

14 The Grail and French Arthurian Romance 202
Edward Donald Kennedy

Part IV Arthur in Medieval English Literature 219

15 The English Brut Tradition 221
Julia Marvin

16 Arthurian Romance in English Popular Tradition: Sir Percyvell of Gales, Sir Cleges, and Sir Launfal 235
Ad Putter

17 English Chivalry and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 252
Carolyne Larrington

18 Sir Gawain in Middle English Romance 265
Roger Dalrymple

19 The Medieval English Tristan 278
Tony Davenport

Part V From Medieval to Medievalism 295

20 Malory’s Morte Darthur and History 297
Andrew Lynch

21 Malory’s Lancelot and Guenevere 312
Elizabeth Archibald

22 Malory and the Quest for the Holy Grail 326
Raluca L. Radulescu

23 The Arthurian Legend in the Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries 340
Alan Lupack

24 Scholarship and Popular Culture in the Nineteenth Century 355
David Matthews

25 Arthur in Victorian Poetry 368
Inga Bryden

26 King Arthur in Art 381
Jeanne Fox-Friedman

Part VI Arthur in the Modern Age 401

27 A Postmodern Subject in Camelot: Mark Twain’s (Re)Vision of Malory's Morte Darthur in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court 403
Robert Paul Lamb

28 T. H. White's The Once and Future King 420
Andrew Hadfi eld

29 Modernist Arthur: The Welsh Revival 434
Geraint Evans

30 Historical Fiction and the Post-Imperial Arthur 449
Tom Shippey

31 Feminism and the Fantasy Tradition: The Mists of Avalon 463
Jan Shaw

Part VII Arthur on Film 479

32 Remediating Arthur 481
Laurie A. Finke and Martin B. Shichtman

33 Arthur's American Round Table: The Hollywood Tradition 496
Susan Aronstein

34 The Art of Arthurian Cinema 511
Lesley Coote

35 Digital Divagations in a Hyperreal Camelot: Antoine Fuqua's King Arthur 525
Nickolas Haydock

Index 543

About the Editor:

Helen Fulton is Professor of Medieval Literature in the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York. She has published extensively on medieval Welsh and English literatures and has related interests in language and critical theory, particularly narrative and discourse. Other books which she has edited include Medieval Celtic Literature and Society (2005) and Urban Culture in Medieval Wales (2011).

Arthurian Studies from Blackwell

Some bits and pieces of interest:

A Companion to Medieval Poetry
Edited by Corinne Saunders
ISBN: 978-1-4051-5963-0
704 pages
April 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
US $209.95

Part II Middle English Poetry.


9 The World of Medieval England: From the Norman Conquest to the Fourteenth Century (Conor McCarthy).

10 Middle English Language and Poetry (Simon Horobin).

11 Middle English Manuscripts and Readers (Ralph Hanna).

Genres and Modes.

12 Legendary History and Chronicle: La3amon’s Brut and the Chronicle Tradition (Lucy Perry).

16 Popular Romance (Nancy Mason Bradbury).

17 Arthurian and Courtly Romance (Rosalind Field).

18 Alliterative Poetry: Religion and Morality (John Scattergood).

19 Alliterative Poetry and Politics (John Scattergood).

Poets and Poems.

20 The Poet of Pearl, Cleanness and Patience (A. V. C. Schmidt).

21 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Tony Davenport).

22 Langland's Piers Plowman (Lawrence Warner).

25 Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales (Corinne Saunders).

Part III Post-Chaucerian and Fifteenth-Century Poetry.


27 England in the Long Fifteenth Century (Matthew Woodcock).

28 Poetic Language in the Fifteenth Century (A. S. G. Edwards).

29 Manuscript and Print: Books, Readers and Writers (Julia Boffey).

Epilogue: Afterlives of Medieval English Poetry (Corinne Saunders).

Edited by Peter Brown
ISBN: 978-1-4051-9552-2
688 pages
November 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
US $54.95

PART II The Production and Reception of Texts 91

6. Manuscripts and Readers 93
A. S. G. Edwards

7. From Manuscript to Modern Text 107
Julia Boffey

8. Translation and Society 123
Catherine Batt

PART III Language and Literature 141

9. The Languages of Medieval Britain 143
Laura Wright

PART IV Encounters with Other Cultures 197

12. England and France 199
Ardis Butterfield

PART V Special Themes 271

16. War and Chivalry 273
Richard W. Kaeuper and Montgomery Bohna

17. Literature and Law 292
Richard Firth Green

18. Images 307
Peter Brown

19. Love 322
Barry Windeatt

PART VI Genres 339

20. Middle English Romance 341
Thomas Hahn and Dana M. Symons

21. Writing Nation: Shaping Identity in Medieval Historical Narratives 358
Raluca L. Radulescu

PART VII Readings 489

33. Subjectivity and Ideology in the Canterbury Tales 554
Mark Miller

37. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 619
Kevin Gustafson

38. Blood and Love in Malory's Morte Darthur 634
Catherine La Farge

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Arthuriana 22.2 Now Available

Arthuriana 22.2 (Summer 2012) is now available:

Famous in Song and Story Arthurian Legends in Heather Dale's Music

Ann F. Howey

T.H. White, The Once and Future King, and the Scientific Method

Jake La Jeunesse

Castles and the Architecture of Gender in Malory's 'Knight of the Cart'

Molly Martin

Geoffrey's 'Very Old Book' and Penda of Mercia

Edwin Pace

Lost in the Woods: Grey Areas in Malory and the Stanzaic Morte Arthure

Samantha Rayner

An Archaic Tale-Type Determinant of Chrétien's Fisher King and Grail

William Sayers


Siân Echard, The Arthur of Medieval Latin Literature: The Development and Dissemination of the Arthurian Legend in Medieval Latin

William Sayers

Joseph Glaser, trans., with Christine Chism, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Derek Pearsall

William Kuskin, Symbolic Caxton: Literary Culture and Print Capitalism

Paul J. Patterson

Arthur Phillips, The Tragedy of Arthur

Claire M. Busse

Rhiannon Purdie and Michael Cichon, eds., Medieval Romance, Medieval Contexts

Nicole Clifton

Gaêlle Zussa, Merlin, un myth médiéval recyclé dans la production culturelle contemporaine

Stephen Knight