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

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Handbook of Arthurian Romance Now in Paperback

De Gruyter has recently released the Handbook of Arthurian Romance in an affordable paperback edition. It looks like a valuable resource worthy of most bookshelves.

Handbook of Arthurian Romance: King Arthur's Court in Medieval European Literature

Ed. by Tether, Leah / McFadyen, Johnny
In collab. with Busby, Keith / Putter, Ad

Series:De Gruyter Reference

Publication Date:June 2017
xv, 548 pages

ISBN 978-3-11-065580-3
List price
€ [D] 29.95*
€ [D] 29.95 / US$ 34.99 / GBP 27.00*

Aims and Scope

The renowned and illustrious tales of King Arthur, his knights and the Round Table pervade all European vernaculars, as well as the Latin tradition. Arthurian narrative material, which had originally been transmitted in oral culture, began to be inscribed regularly in the twelfth century, developing from (pseudo-)historical beginnings in the Latin chronicles of "historians" such as Geoffrey of Monmouth into masterful literary works like the romances of Chrétien de Troyes. Evidently a big hit, Arthur found himself being swiftly translated, adapted and integrated into the literary traditions of almost every European vernacular during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. This Handbook seeks to showcase the European character of Arthurian romance both past and present.

By working across national philological boundaries, which in the past have tended to segregate the study of Arthurian romance according to language, as well as by exploring primary texts from different vernaculars and the Latin tradition in conjunction with recent theoretical concepts and approaches, this Handbook brings together a pioneering and more complete view of the specifically European context of Arthurian romance, and promotes the more connected study of Arthurian literature across the entirety of its European context.

Contents (from WorldCat)

Introduction: King Arthur's court in medieval European literature / Leah Tether, Johnny McFadyen --
Historical context : the Middle Ages and the code of chivalry / Robert Rouse --
The International Arthurian Society and Arthurian scholarship / Samantha J. Rayner --
The evolution of the critical canon / Aisling Byrne --
Text-types and formal features / Patrick Moran --
The Arthur-figure / Matthias Meyer --
The manuscript context of Arthurian romance / Keith Busby --
Readership and audience / Bart Besamusca --
Chronology, anachronism and translatio imperii / Sif Rikhardsdottir --
Historiography : fictionality vs. factuality / Helen Fulton --
Rewriting : translation, continuation and adaptation / Jane H.M. Taylor --
Intertextuality / Marjolein Hogenbirk --
New philology/manuscript studies / Stefka G. Eriksen --
Text and image / Alison Stones --
Material studies / Andrew James Johnston --
The natural world / Christine Ferlampin-Acher --
Gender/queer studies / Carolyne Larrington --
Orality, literacy and performativity of Arthurian texts / Richard Trachsler --
Medievalism / Andrew B.R. Elliott --
Post-colonial studies / Andrew Lynch --
Heinrich von dem Türlin's Diu Crône : life at the Arthurian court / Florian Kragl --
Herr Ivan : chivalric values and negotiations of identity / Sofia Lodén --
La Tavola Ritonda : magic and the supernatural / Giulia Murgia --
Chrétien de Troyes' Lancelot, ou le Chevalier de la charrette : courtly love / Thomas Hinton --
Sir Percyvell of Galles : a quest for values / Raluca L. Radulescu --
Peredur son of Efrawg : the question of translation and/or adaptation / Lowri Morgans --
The Roman van Walewein and Moriaen : travelling through landscapes and foreign countries / Frank Brandsma --
The Iberian post-vulgate cycle : cyclicity in translation / Paloma Gracia --
Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival : searching for the Grail / Michael Stolz --
Chrétien de Troyes' Erec et Enide : women in Arthurian romance / Laura Chuhan Campbell --
Merlin : Christian ethics and the question of shame / Gareth Griffith --
De ortu Walwanii and Historia Meriadoci : technologies in/of romance / Siân Echard --
Jaufre : genre boundaries and ambiguity / Charmaine Lee.