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, August 30, 2019

CFP XXVIth Congress of the International Arthurian Society (10/31/19; Italy July 2020)

The website is now available for the XXVIth Congress of the International Arthurian Society. It can be accessed at

The event is hosted by Catania University, Italy, and will be held on 19-25 July 2020.

Abstracts are due by 31 October 2019.

The selected Congress themes are:

Arthurian Alterities
Arthurian Iconographies
Retelling, resumption, repeating
Paratexts in Arthurian manuscripts
Places of Arthurian emotion

Journal of the International Arthurian Society Vol 7

Here are the details on the latest volume of the Journal of the International Arthurian Society. Full information and ordering instructions at

Journal of the International Arthurian Society
Editor-in-Chief: Tether, Leah / Rayner, Samantha

Volume 7, Issue 1 (Sep 2019)

Titelseiten [FREE ACCESS
Page i

Tether, Leah / Rayner, Samantha J.
Page 1

Female Arthurian Scholars: An Initial Collection of Tributes
Rayner, Samantha J.
Page 3

Female Arthurians in Scandinavia: Eufemia, Christina and the Modern Female Scholar
Lodén, Sofia
Page 42

sine mugens nicht erdenken: wand ez kan vor in wenken rechte alsam ein schellec hase**: Women’s German Medieval-Arthurian Scholarship
Meyer, Evelyn / Sterling-Hellenbrand, Alexandra
Page 61

Women’s Contributions to Middle English Arthurian Scholarship
Vishnuvajjala, Usha
Page 91

Celtic Heroines: The Contributions of Women Scholars to Arthurian Studies in the Celtic Languages
Kapphahn, Krista
Page 120

Thanks for Typing: Women’s Roles in Editions and Translations of Arthurian Literature in Penguin Classics, 1959–1985
Lyons, Rebecca E.
Page 140

Busby, Keith
Page 163

XXVIth International Arthurian Congress, Catania, Italy, 19–25 July 2020
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Marie-Luce Chênerie (1928–2018)
Ménard, Philippe
Page 166

Sue Ellen Holbrook (1941–2017)
Twomey, Michael W. / Wheeler, Bonnie / Whetter, K. S.
Page 170

Arthuriana 29.3 for Fall 2019

Arthuriana has released the contents list for its next issue posting at

Here are the details:

Table of Contents

‘No Mowth Can Speke Hit’: Silence and Inexpressibility in Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte Darthur
Alicia A. McCartney

How King Arthur Invented Christmas: Reimagining Arthur and Rome in Early Modern Scotland and England
Kenneth Hodges

Chivalric Labor, Artisanal Labor, and the Productive Strike in The Knightly Tale of Gologras and Gawain
Schuyler Eastin

The 2018 Loomises Lecture
The Evolving Iconography of the Tristan Legend from the Middle Ages to the Present, with Special Emphasis on the Arthurian Revival in British Art
Joan Tasker Grimbert

Venetia Bridges, Medieval Narratives of Alexander the Great: Transnational Texts in England and France
Levilson C. Reis 105

Jo Ann Cavallo, ed., Teaching the Italian Renaissance Romance Epic
Gloria Allaire 106

Sarah Elliott Novacich, Shaping the Archive in Late Medieval England: History, Poetry, and Performance
Daniel Sawyer 109

Larissa Tracy, ed., Medieval and Early Modern Murder: Legal, Literary, and Historical Contexts
Benjamin A. Saltzman 111

William T. Whobrey, ed. and trans., The Nibelungenlied: with The Klage
Michael Resler 112

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

CFP English Arthurian Literature Between Malory and Tennyson (9/15/19; Kalamazoo 2020)

Posted on behalf of Chris Berard:


International Arthurian Society-North American Branch-sponsored session
ICMS “Kalamazoo” 2020

The four centuries between William Caxton’s publication of Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte d’Arthur (1485) and the completion of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s cycle of twelve narrative Arthurian poems, The Idylls of the King (1885), tend to be regarded as ‘an Arthurian nadir’ for English-language Arthurian literature. This generalization, as Alan Lupack has noted, trivializes a rich assortment of texts in which Arthur plays a leading role, but one that often departs considerably from his Malorian likeness. This panel seeks to foster an exploration of the portrayal of King Arthur within this corpus of ‘lesser’ Arthuriana. Our aim is to promote interest in these oft-forgotten texts, and to explore how these treatments of Arthur more broadly illuminate post-medieval reception of the history and literature of the Middle Ages. We invite you to explore the portrayal of King Arthur in English literary works written between 1485 and 1885—the more eccentric, the better. How was King Arthur applied to the cultural context in which the given text was composed? Did medieval Arthurian narratives serve as source material? We encourage an examination of the harmonization, successful or unsuccessful, of old and new genres and motifs.

Session format: 15-20-minute papers

Please send your 300-word abstract and completed  PIF form to David Johnson,, and Christopher Berard,,  by September 15.

Make Medievalism Matter: Kalamazoo 2020 News

A much belated notice that our sponsored session on professionalism and Medievalism Studies was rejected by the organizers of the 2020 International Congress on Medieval Studies. The session was designed following many conversations at this year's conference with medieval(ism)ists that felt out of place in the field of Medieval Studies and were seeking support and mentoring.

The full proposal follows:

Proposed session #1 title: Can We Be More Than the Middle Ages? The Place of Medievalism Studies within Medieval Studies (Roundtable)

      Proposed session #1 format: Roundtable

      Importance #1: Medievalisms are the lifeblood of our field. They create interest in the Middle Ages and keep its legacies alive despite our distances from the era in time and space, but does our fascination with this material come at a cost, one few are willing to pay? Can medievalists, of all levels, successfully integrate popular representations of the medieval into their research and careers, or must Medievalism Studies remain an outlier, a guilty pleasure rather than an appropriate option to  further the field? Through this roundtable, we seek to explore the answers to these and similar questions.

      Method #1: The academic study of medievalism has been viewed as a legitimate avenue of inquiry for just over forty years, and scholarship on medieval-themed art, comics, drama, fiction, film, games, and television programming has grown considerably over time. However, the phenomenal success of Medievalism Studies can be more a curse than a blessing. Medieval Studies and its more traditional sub-disciplines are not always as welcoming of this material as they appear, and we wonder whether the pursuit of medievalisms is a worthwhile endeavor or something capable of causing stigma or even harm to fall upon the researcher.

      Keywords #1: Medievalism, Inclusion

The official response is that our session "was rejected because its content was duplicated by other medievalism proposals that were more strongly conceptualized. The Committee believes that the subject the Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain proposed can be addressed by papers submitted to other sessions."

We remain convinced that our session proposal was unique and necessary, and, with the aid our sibling  group, the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture,  will seek to place it elsewhere in the hopes of initiating this much needed conversation and produce some answers for those that see themselves as affected.

Please contact us at for suggestions or comments.

Michael Torregrossa
Founder, Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain
Founder, Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture