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

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

CFP Inklings and King Arthur

Sorry to have missed this:

Call for Papers: Edited Volume
edited by Sørina Higgins


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

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:

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

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.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Kalamazoo Business Meeting 2014

Business for Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages

Saturday, May 10 (Lunchtime Events)
12:00 noon Valley III--Stinson 303
Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Villains of the Matter of Britain; Institute for the Advancement of Scholarship on the Magic-Wielding Figures of Visual Electronic Multimedia; Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages Business Meeting and Reception


The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain has been formed and incorporates the activities and web presences of both Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Villains of the Matter of Britain and Institute for the Advancement of Scholarship on the Magic-Wielding Figures of Visual Electronic Multimedia. Further details at

2014 Proposed Conference Sessions:

The Reel Middle Ages at 15 (Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, Baltimore, November 2014) (Sponsored by Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages)

Papers on the effect of Harty’s Reel Middle Ages and on how it might be expanded.

2015 Proposed Conference Sessions (titles subject to change):

Norse Mythology in Popular Culture (A Roundtable) (International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, May 2015) (Sponsored by Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages)

Camelot 3000 and Arthurian Themes in the Comics (A Roundtable) (International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, May 2015) (Sponsored by Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain)

An All-American Matter of Britain: Responses to Alan and Barbara Tepa Lupack’s King Arthur in America (American Literature Association, Boston, June 2015)

Michael A. Torregrossa
Co-Founder, Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages
Founder, Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain
1 May 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Arthuriana for Winter 2013

Arthuriana 23.4 (Winter 2013)

IV. Iceland, Images, Ideals, and Indices

From the Editor
Dorsey Armstrong

Eminent Arthurian: Geoffrey Ashe
Norris J. Lacy

Arthurian Knights in Fourteenth-Century Iceland: Erex Saga and Ívens Saga in the World of Ormur Snorrason  Bjørn Bandlien

Picturing Arthur in English History: Text and Image in the Middle English Prose Brut  
Elizabeth Bryan

To the Well: Malory’s Sir Palomides on Ideals of Chivalric Reputation, Male Frienship, Romantic Love, Religious Conversion—and Loyalty
Sue Ellen Holbrook
Dating De ortu Waluuanii from Twelfth-Century Ship Design
Mildred Leake Day
Arthur Bahr, Fragments and Assemblages: Forming Compilations of Medieval London
Leah Haught
Emma Campbell and Robert Mills, eds., Rethinking Medieval Translation: Ethics, Politics, Theory
Michèle Goyens
Alan J. Fletcher, The Presence of Medieval English Literature: Studies at the Interface of History, Author and Text in a Selection of Middle English Literary Landmarks
Arthur Bahr
Kathleen Forni, Chaucer’s Afterlife: Adaptations in Recent Popular Culture
Marie Schilling Grogan
Karen L. Frescon and Charles D. Wright, eds, Translating the Middle Ages
Stephanie A. Viereck Gibbs Kamath

Marie de France, The Lays, trans. Edward J. Gallagher.
Norris J. Lacy
Michael N. Salda, Arthurian Animation: A Study of Cartoon Camelots on Film and Television
Roger Simpson
Sif Rikhardsdottir, Medieval Translations and Cultural Discourse: The Movement of Texts in England, France, and Scandinavia
Matthieu Boyd
Karl Steel, How to Make a Human: Animals and Violence in the Middle Ages
Ryan R. Judkins
Carolynn Van Dyke, ed., Rethinking Chaucerian Beasts
Carl Grey Martin

Arthuriana 23.3 for Fall 2013

Arthuriana 23.3 (Fall 2013)

III. Grails, Innocents, and Apocalypses

Verse and Prose in the Continuations of Chrétien de Troyes’ Conte du Graal
Massimiliano Gaggero

The Communication of Culture: Speech and the ‘Grail’ Procession in Historia Peredur vab Efrawc
A. Joseph McMullen

Jessie Weston and the Green Knight
Daniel Nastali

King Arthur and His Knights for Edwardian Children
Velma Bourgeois Richmond

Envisioning the End: History and Consciousness in Medieval English
Arthurian Romance
Jon Whitman
Susan Aronstein, An Introduction to British Arthurian Narrative
Siân Echard
Paul Battles, ed., Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Michael W. Twomey
Lawrence Besserman, Biblical Paradigms in Medieval English Literature:
From Cædmon to Malory
Mary Davy Behrman
John M. Bowers, An Introduction to the Gawain Poet
Ad Putter
Nigel Bryant, trans., Perceforest: The Prehistory of King Arthur’s Britain
Karen Casebier
Neil Cartlidge, ed., Heroes and Anti-Heroes in Medieval Romance
Raluca l. Radulescu

C. Stephen Jaeger, ed., Magnificence and the Sublime in Medieval Aesthetics: Art, Architecture, Literature, Music
Tara Williams
Catherine Nall, Reading and War in Fifteenth-Century England: From Lydgate to Malory
Thomas H. Crofts
John A. Pitcher, Chaucer’s Feminine Subjects: Figures of Desire in the
Canterbury Tales
Giselle Gos

Seiji Shinkawa, Unhistorical Gender Assignment in La3amon’s Brut: A Case Study of a Late Stage in the Development of Grammatical Gender toward its Ultimate Loss
Mary Niepokuj ]
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fall of Arthur
Shaun F.D. Hughes
Christopher A. Synder

Arthuriana 23.2 for Summer 2013

Arthuriana 23.2 (Summer 2013)

II. Merlin

The Arthurian Opera by Isaac Albéniz and Francis Money-Coutts (1852–1923): Libretto Translation Theories Applied to Merlin  
Juan Miguel Zarandona

La fin de Merlin dans la Suite du Roman de Merlin, son adaptation espagnole, le Baladro del sabio Merlin, et trois romans de chevalerie espagnols
Rosalba Lendo

The Devil’s in the Detail: Translating Merlin’s Father from the Merlin en Prose in Paulino Pieri’s Storia di Merlino
Laura J. Campbell

Ruled by Merlin: Mirrors for Princes, Counseling Patterns and Malory’s ‘Tale of King Arthur’
Louise Boyle

David Clark and Kate McClune, eds., Arthurian Literature XXVIII, Blood, Sex, Malory: Essays on the Morte Darthur
Kenneth Hodges
Karl Fugelso, ed., Studies in Medievalism XXI: Corporate Medievalism II
Roberta Davidson
Laurent Guyénot, La Lance qui saigne: Métatextes et hypertextes du ‘Conte de Graal’ de Chrétien de Troyes
Ann McCollough
Sharon Kinoshita and Peggy McCracken, Marie de France: A Critical Companion
Matthieu Boyd

David Lang, love fail
Joan Tasker Grimbert
Nicholas Perkins and Alison Wiggins, The Romance of the Middle Ages
Robert Rouse
Carol L. Robinson and Pamela Clements, eds., Neomedievalism in the Media: Essays on Film, Television, and Electronic Games
Nickolas Haydock
Nicole D. Smith, Sartorial Strategies: Outfitting Aristocrats and Fashioning Conduct in Late Medieval England
E. Jane Burns

Arthuriana 23.1 for Spring 2013

A long delayed contents update on Arthuriana. Here is the first of 4 posts. All of the papers are revised from conference presentations at the 2011 meeting of the Triennial Congress of the International Arthurian Society. 

Arthuriana 23.1 (Spring 2013)

From the Editor
Dorsey Armstrong

Arthur Pendragon, Eco-Warrior
Laurie A. Finke And Martin B. Shichtman

The Eco-Tourist, English Heritage, and Arthurian Legend: Walking with Thoreau
Kathleen Coyne Kelly

Reading Ruins: Arthurian Caerleon and the Untimely Architecture of History
Robert Rouse

‘The Wilderness of Wirral’ in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Gillian Rudd

Peter Ackroyd, The Death of King Arthur
Samantha J. Rayner
C. Stephen Jaeger, Enchantment: On Charisma and the Sublime in the Arts of the West
Albrecht Classen
Stephen Knight, ed., Robin Hood in Greenwood Stood: Alterity and Context in the English Outlaw Tradition  Kevin J. Harty
Jeff Rider and Jamie Friedman, eds., The Inner Life of Women in Medieval Romance Literature: Grief, Guilt, and Hypocrisy
Amy N. Vines
Linda Marie Zaerr, Performance and the Middle English Romance
Robert Boenig

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

JIAS 1.1

The inaugural issue of the Journal of the International Arthurian Society is now available. Contents can be accessed in print form and online (for a price) at Members of the society have free (?) access top the e-version of the journal.

Contents as follows:


Page i


Radulescu, Raluca
Page 1
Published Online: 11/26/2013

État présent Arthurian Literature in the North

Rikhardsdottir, Sif / Eriksen, Stefka G.
Page 3
Published Online: 11/26/2013

Licht und Erleuchtung im Rappoltsteiner Parzifal

Dietl, Cora
Page 29
Published Online: 11/26/2013

Les enfances de Perceval dans le Tristan en prose: jeunesse du héros et genèse du texte

de Carné, Damien / Ferlampin-Acher, Christine
Page 50
Published Online: 11/26/2013

Yvain among Friars

Bandlien, Bjørn
Page 81
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Robert Deschaux (1924–2013)

Page 161
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Ulrich Müller (1940–2012)

Page 163
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André Crépin (1928–2013)

Page 165
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Annual Prize Competition

Page 169
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Congrès de la Société Internationale Arthurienne

Page 170
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