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, 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 (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, 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.

Margins of Arthur's World ACLA Sessions

Here are the details of the Margins of Arthur's World sessions organized by Jon Sherman and Tara Foster for the upcoming meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada from 4-7 April 2013. Be advised that sessions run back-to-back on both 5 April and 6 April from 2:20 to 6:30 PM. Complete conference details and program can be found at

C36 The Margins of King Arthur’s World I
Jon Sherman; Tara Foster
Carr Hall, Room 404
100 St. Joseph Street

April 5, 2:20–4:10
Nahir Otaño Gracia, University of Pennsylvania
“Arthur’s Heirs: Presenting Kingship in Ívens saga and Möttuls saga
William Calin, University of Florida
“On the Geographic Margin of the Arthurian Canon and World: Le Roman de Fergus
Sheri Chriqui, University of Oxford
“A ‘Foreign’ Queen in King Uther’s Court: Fifteenth-Century Insular Xenophobia and Malory’s Portrayal of Arthur’s Mother”
Anna Waymack, University of Texas, Austin
“Other/Worldly Water: The Arthurian Positioning of Death, Danger and Britain”

April 6, 2:20–4:10
Jonathan Cayer, Yale University
“Rather Arthur than Charlemagne: Knightly Consecration in the Chanson de Geste”
Brandy Brown, Pennsylvania State University
“Literary Accretion and the Problem of Hybrid Genre in Tristan de Nanteuil
Caroline Eckhardt, Pennsylvania State University
“Marginalities in the Fourteenth-Century Petit Brut of Rauf de Boun”
Nicolas Tripet, Harvard University
“On the Disruptive Nature of Wandering in Chrétien de Troyes’s Arthurian Romances”

D25 The Margins of King Arthur’s World II
Jon Sherman; Tara Foster
Carr Hall, Room 404
100 St. Joseph Street

April 5, 4:40–6:30
Krista Keller, Ryerson University
“Julia Margaret Cameron and Her Illustration of Alfred Tennyson’s Idylls of the King
Hannah Oliver
“Arthuriana is a Grave: Futurity and the Retelling of Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur
Janet Rich
“Giving Guinevere a Voice: A New Look at the Lady in White”
Nasir Sakandar, University of Minnesota
“Villainess Unhinged: Morgan Le Fay, Morgana, Morgaine, and the Satellite Conqueror”

April 6, 4:40–6:30
Rachel Roepke, Bryn Mawr College
“Fallen suche er þis: Queer Adolescence in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Laurie Rizzo, University of Delaware
“Morgan le Fay in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Justin Brock, University of New Mexico
“The Critical Voices from Joyous Gard: The Homosocial and the Feminine in the Stanzaic Morte Arthur
Kristina Hildebrand, Halmstad University
“Sitting on the Sidelines: Disability in Malory”

British Branch 2013 Conference Details

The International Arthurian Society-British Branch will convene at Bangor University this September (from 9/9-9/11) for a conference that includes a variety of sessions from medieval to modern. Complete details and registration information can be accessed at their website at A draft program is also now online and reproduced below; looks like an interesting event.

The International Arthurian Society

British Branch Annual Conference
9-11 September 2013

(draft programme)

9 September                                       





Registration; coffee / tea

Oliver Goulden (Independent) : ‘A Contribution to the Rhetoric of the Couple in  Chrétien de Troyes: the endings of speech-utterances in Le Chevalier au Lion

Asdis R. Magnusdottir (University of Iceland): The "door of unhappiness" and the outside world in The Story of the Grail and The Stranger.

Leah Tether (Anglia Ruskin University): ‘Revisiting the Manuscripts of Perceval and the Continuations: Paratexts as indicators of authorial transition’

Coffee / Tea

Chera A. Cole (University of St. Andrews): ‘Are there fairies in Avalon? Fairyland and Avalon in Middle English romance’

Rebecca Kerry (University of St. Andrews): ‘Temporal and Spatial Horizons in Medieval Romance’

Ralph Norris (Kennesaw State University): ‘The Fair Unknown and the Early Legend of Launcelot’

British Branch committee meeting


10 September








Edwin Pace (Independent): ‘Ambrosius, the Accidental Wizard, ‘The Tale of Emrys’ in the Historia Brittonum

Daisy Le Helloco (Bangor University): ‘Sixteenth-Century Readers of the Prose Brut and the Geography of Arthurian History’

Coffee / Tea

Elizabeth Hanna (University of St. Andrews): ‘The Wild Knight: The Arthurian Interests of James IV of Scotland’

Rebecca Lyons (University of York): ‘Mirror for a Queen: Ogier the Dane and Margaret of Anjou’


Guided visit of the main University building and rare books from the Bangor Archives

Linda Gowans (Independent): ‘ “Clothed in White Samite, Mystic, Wonderful”: A Famous Arthurian Image in Tennyson and his Predecessors’

Joshua Bradbury (Milton Abbey): ‘Galahad Reborn: Charles Williams’ presentation of Galahad’

Carlos Sanz Mingo (Cardiff University): ‘Hispanicizing Arthur’

Coffee / Tea

Samantha Rayner (University College London): ‘Editing Malory, Text, Editor, Archive’

P. J. C Field (Bangor University): ‘Editing Malory’s Le Morte Darthur

Reception and book launch
Conference Dinner
11 September





Anastasija Ropa (Bangor University): ‘ The Grail Quest Experienced by a Small Person: Michel Zink’s Déodat, ou la transparence

Kate Lister (Leeds Trinity University): ‘Standing in the Shadows: Dinah Maria Mulock Craik’s Avillion and Tennyson’s Idylls of the King

Adele Cook (University of Bedfordshire): ‘The Ideological Relationship between Text and Inter-text: from Malory’s Morte Darthur to Morpurgo’s Arthur, High King of Britain
Coffee/ tea

Postgraduate Forum (organisers: Leah Tether, Anglia Ruskin University and Samantha Rayner, University College London)

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Lunch, followed by optional excursion to Beaumaris

Arthur of the North CFP (3/8/13)

Here's a recent CFP for the International Arthurian Society-Nordic Branch's first conference; note the limitation on topic to only medieval Arthuriana. Deadline for proposals was 3/8.

Arthur of the North 

'Arthur of the North' is the first international conference organised by the Nordic Branch of the International Arthurian Society. It will take place at the University of Oslo, 23. - 25. May, 2013.

The conference ‘Arthur of the North’ is dedicated to the Arthurian narratives in any of the medieval Scandinavian languages (Old Norse, Old Swedish, Old Danish). We welcome papers on any topic related to the medieval Scandinavian Arthurian traditions.

Among the themes that might be addressed are: theories and practices of translations, culture-historical contexts, literary style, form, structure, genre-related issues, and manuscript tradition of the Nordic Arthurian texts.

The Arthurian literary tradition, which the Scandinavian texts form part of, was transmitted in Latin and all the medieval vernacular languages. Therefore, we welcome also comparative papers on the various traditions as well as studies of Arthurian material which is of relevance for the Scandinavian context.

Papers should be given in English and be twenty minutes long. To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of your paper (max 300 words) to Sif Rikhardsdottir,, by 1 March, 2013.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: The deadline to submit proposals is extended to 8 March, 2013.

All speakers should be members of the International Arthurian Society, and all participants are welcome to join the Society. For information on how to join, please visit the website of the IAS or the Nordic Branch.

For further inquiries, please contact any of the members of the organising committee:

Stefka G. Eriksen, University of Oslo,

Sif Rikhardsdottir, University of Iceland,

Bjørn Bandlien, University of Oslo,

For a printable version, see Call for Papers.

Published Jan 10, 2013 10:54 AM - Last modified Mar 4, 2013 01:33 PM

International Arthurian Society News and 2014 CFP

The International Arthurian Society has recently launched an all-new website at Details on the site include the CFP for the 2014 congress to be held in Romania, as follows. (No details on deadlines, however, appear.)

​International Congress
Date: 20 - 27 July 2014
Place: Bucharest, Romania

Subjects1. Onomastic and anonymity
2. Anthologies, compilations and manuscripts
3. Other Arthurian Worlds and Cultural Translation
4. Generic Interferences
5. Readers and Readings

Prof. Mihaela VoicuProf. Ioan Panzaru
Prof. Mianda Cioba
MCF Catalina Girbea
Registration: from 1st March to 1st December 2013
Send titles and abstracts (maximum 500 words) to
To propose a Round Table you can contact Catalina Girbea,, Secretary of the Romanian Branch
Fees: 80 euros (students 40 euros)
Other information about fees, accommodation and excursions will be posted at the beginning of February 2013 on the future Congress Website.

Arthuriana 22.4 Now Available

Received at the tail-end of 2012 and now available online from Project MUSE:

Arthuriana 22.4 (Winter 2012)

Spec. Issue in Honor of Edward Donald Kennedy

Dorsey Armstrong, Bonnie Wheeler, Linda Gowans, Michael P. Kuczynski, Kathleen Coyne Kelly, and Alan Baragona

Whose History? Naming Practices in the Transmission of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia regum Britannie
Siân Echard

A Source for the Middle English Poem Arthur
Erik Kooper and Julia Marvin

Illuminating Arthurian Texts—In the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
Alan Lupack

Malory Place Names: King Kenadoune
P.J.C. Field

The Rudderless Boat: Fluid Time and Passionate Geography in (Hardyng's) Chronicle and (Malory's) Romance
Meg Roland

'A grete abbicion for the londis name': Naming England for Igerne in an Abbreviated Middle English Prose Brut
Lisa M. Ruch

An Unlikely Hero: The Rapist-Knight Gasozein in Diu Crône
Susann Therese Samples

Caxton's Exemplar and a Copy from Caxton's Edition of the Chronicles of England: MS HM136 and BL Additional 10099*
Masako Takagi

Beyond the Wardrobe: C.S. Lewis as Closet Arthurian
Fiona Tolhurst

Malory, Hardyng, and the Winchester Manuscript: Some Preliminary Conclusion
K.S. Whetter

Simon Armitage, trans., The Death of King Arthur: A New Verse Translation
Alex Mueller

Louise D'Arcens, Old Songs in the Timeless Land: Medievalism in Australian Literature 1840-1910
Stephen Knight

Rima Devereaux, Constantinople and the West in Medieval French Literature: Renewal and Utopia
Anne Latowsky

Georgiana Donavin and Anita Obermeier, eds., Romance and Rhetoric: Essays in Honour of Dhira B. Mahoney
Lee Manion

Mathias Herweg, Stefan Keppler-Tasaki, eds., Rezeptionskulturen. Fünfhundert Jahre literarischer Mittelalterrezpetion zwischen Kanon und Populärkultur
Evelyn Meyer

Larissa Tracy, Torture and Brutality in Medieval Literature: Negotiations of National Identity
Robert Mills

Robert S. Sturges, ed., Law and Sovereignty in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
Andreea D. Boboc

Amy N. Vines, Women's Power in Late Medieval Romance
Cory James Rushton

Margins of King Arthur’s World (2)

Again, unfortunately the deadline has now passed.

Call for Submissions: On the Margins of King Arthur’s World (Edited Collection)
Publication Date: 2012-11-01
Date Submitted: 2012-10-24
Announcement ID: 198216 (at H-Announce)

King Arthur was one of the central figures in medieval European literature and continues to enthrall readers and researchers today. From its inception, the legend of the once and future king has incorporated characters, motifs, and settings from various sources as it expanded and evolved, but many of those expansions have, in the main, been neglected by scholars. In an essay on the state of Arthurian scholarship in the 21st century, eminent medievalist Norris J. Lacy laments the tendency of scholars to focus on “the same old texts” of the Arthurian canon; for example, he notes that in the final decades of the 20th century, an average of one study per year dealt with French texts written after those of Chrétien de Troyes, whereas Chrétien’s works were the subject of an average of 66 studies per year. “Obviously,” he states, “however much we may talk about expanding or exploding the canon, there has been at best only a very modest increase in attention given to what we apparently persist in considering minor romances.” We are therefore planning an edited collection that demonstrates the benefits of redirecting our gaze from the center to the margins. We welcome proposals from scholars in all disciplines on any aspect of the Arthurian margins in the Middle Ages, including real and imagined geography; borderlands between the secular, the sacred and the supernatural; displaced, non-human and marginal figures; lesser-known texts; manuscript marginalia and illustrations; etc.

If you are interested in contributing to this collection, please submit a 1-2 page abstract with a preliminary bibliography to both editors (Dr. Tara Foster and Dr. Jon Sherman;, by November 1, 2012. We will respond to all submissions by December 1, 2012. Essays should be 7,000-10,000 words in length (including references) and the first draft is due June 15, 2013.

We are also seeking participants for our seminar on the same theme at this year’s American Comparative Literature Association conference. While the volume will focus solely on medieval works, the ACLA seminar is open to works from all time periods. Papers for the seminar might therefore include modern adaptations; marginal media such as graphic novels, videogames, or television adaptations; etc. The ACLA conference will take place in Toronto, Canada on April 4-7, 2013. Abstracts of 250-300 words are due by November 1, and should be submitted on the ACLA website ( Abstracts will be reviewed and the ACLA seminar panel will be finalized by November 15, 2012.

Tara Foster
Northern Michigan University

Margins of King Arthur’s World (1)

Unfortunately the deadline has passed:

Call for Papers and Call for Essays – The Margins of King Arthur’s World
Location: Ontario, Canada
Call for Papers Date: 2013-04-04 (in 19 days)
Date Submitted: 2012-09-02
Announcement ID: 196730 (at H-Announce)

The theme of this year’s American Comparative Literature Association conference is “Global Positioning Systems.” We are seeking participants for our seminar on “The Margin’s of King Arthur’s World.” Camelot was at the heart of one of the most important medieval literary global positioning systems; that is, Arthurian literature created an ideal court at the center of its textual world and used it as a point of reference from which to position characters in relation to the court. The knights of the Round Table go on quests that take them on a circular journey from the core to the periphery and back again, having traversed the borders of real and imaginary lands and encountered known and unknown communities. Like King Arthur’s knights, the texts themselves emanated from a central area and spread throughout medieval Europe. Over the centuries the popularity of the legends continued to radiate outwards as witnessed by the vast array of post-medieval interpretations produced in societies around the world. While King Arthur and his court remain central to both the medieval and modern versions of the legend, we believe that there are benefits to redirecting our gaze from the center to the margins. In organizing this seminar, we hope to provide a forum for scholars from any literary discipline to present their work on all aspects of the Arthurian margins, including real and imagined geography; borderlands between the secular, the sacred and the supernatural; displaced, non-human and marginal figures; lesser-known texts; manuscript marginalia and illustrations; modern adaptations; and marginal media such as graphic novels, videogames, television adaptations, etc. Our goal is to promote interdisciplinary scholarly dialogue and contribute to the exploration of the pan-European Arthurian tradition.

The ACLA conference will take place in Toronto, Canada on April 4-7, 2013. Abstracts of 250-300 words are due by November 1, and should be submitted on the ACLA website ( Abstracts will be reviewed and the the ACLA seminar panel will be finalized by November 15, 2012.
We are also planning an edited collection on the same theme, tentatively entitled _On the Margins of King Arthur’s World_. Although the ACLA seminar is open to works from all time periods, the volume will focus solely on medieval texts. If you are interested in contributing to this collection, please submit a 1-2 page abstract with a preliminary bibliography to both editors (Dr. Tara Foster and Dr. Jon Sherman;, by November 1, 2012. We will respond to all submissions by December 1, 2012. Essays should be 7,000-10,000 words in length (including references) and the first draft is due May 15, 2013.

Jon Sherman
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, MI 49855
Phone: 906-227-2582
Visit the website at

Update March 2013

I'm woefully behind but will add 3 new posts today and some updates on the International Arthurian Society to the blog in an effort to begin to catch up with things.

Michael Torregrossa