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, July 19, 2018

CFP: ICMS 2019 - More "Lesser" Arthuriana

This session will continue the conversations of the successful 2018 session on “Lesser” English Arthuriana. One of the findings of this session was that medieval and modern Arthurian texts that are considered “lesser” often highlight women’s voices, and as a result are either lacking in editions and scholarship and rarely taught, or are glossed and translated in ways that obfuscate or even erase their focus on women’s voices. “More ’Lesser’ Arthuriana” will open this line of inquiry to medieval and postmedieval Arthurian texts in all languages to consider how and why such texts come to be considered extra-canonical or “lesser.” How might a renewed discussion of such texts’ place in our research and teaching contribute to a deeper understanding of the aesthetic diversity of the Arthurian canon and the Middle Ages more generally? How might they help us to re-think and re-frame the “canonical” Arthurian texts on which we often focus? This session welcomes papers that focus on teaching these “lesser” texts or on scholarly or editorial interventions. Please send proposals to Dr. Usha Vishnuvajjala at by Sept 1.