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”

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: or

A paper that has been published previously may not be included.

About the publisher

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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

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 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. 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:

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:,,

 Last updated March 27, 2018