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This Companion offers a chronological sweep of the canon of Arthurian literature - from its earliest beginnings to the contemporary manifestations of Arthur found in film and electronic media. Part of the popular series, Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture, this expansive volume enables a fundamental understanding of Arthurian literature and explores why it is still integral to contemporary culture. Offers a comprehensive survey from the earliest to the most recent works Features an impressive range of well-known international contributors Examines contemporary additions to the Arthurian canon, including film and computer games Underscores an understanding of Arthurian literature as fundamental to western literary tradition
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  • Hardback | 588 pages
  • 185 x 256 x 37mm | 1,192g
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1405157895
  • 9781405157896
  • 2,064,532

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This Companion offers a chronological sweep of the canon of Arthurian literature - from its earliest beginnings to the contemporary manifestations of Arthur in film and electronic media. Leading scholars review Arthurian legends and their transformations, language-to-language, text-to-film, and medieval-to-modern adaptations are analyzed, and key concepts such as "empire", "romance" and "chivalry" are explored.

Beginning with the historical Arthur and his Celtic origins, this volume chronicles the transmission of the legend throughout Britain and Europe. Arthurian legends within the medieval and Victorian literary movements and the iconography of Arthurian themes in art are surveyed, and the symbolic role of Arthur in modernist literature ushers in the twentieth century, while the feminist approach of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon initiates a genre of fantasy fiction based on a richly conceived Arthurian world. Finally, the Companion highlights the rebirth and legacy of the Arthurian legend in contemporary films and computer games.



Part of Blackwell's popular Companions to Literature and Culture series, this expansive volume enables a fundamental understanding of Arthurian literature and leaves no doubt as to why it is still important today.
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Table of contents

List of Illustrations viii Notes on Contributors ix Introduction: Theories and Debates 1 Helen Fulton Part I The Arthur of History 13 1 The End of Roman Britain and the Coming of the Saxons: An Archaeological Context for Arthur? 15 Alan Lane 2 Early Latin Sources: Fragments of a Pseudo-Historical Arthur 30 N. J. Higham 3 History and Myth: Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae 44 Helen Fulton 4 The Chronicle Tradition 58 Lister M. Matheson Part II Celtic Origins of the Arthurian Legend 71 5 The Historical Context: Wales and England 800-1200 73 Karen Jankulak and Jonathan M. Wooding 6 Arthur and Merlin in Early Welsh Literature: Fantasy and Magic Naturalism 84 Helen Fulton 7 The Arthurian Legend in Scotland and Cornwall 102 Juliette Wood 8 Arthur and the Irish 117 Joseph Falaky Nagy 9 Migrating Narratives: Peredur , Owain , and Geraint 128 Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan Part III Continental Arthurian Traditions 143 10 The "Matter of Britain" on the Continent and the Legend of Tristan and Iseult in France, Italy, and Spain 145 Joan Tasker Grimbert 11 Chretien de Troyes and the Invention of Arthurian Courtly Fiction 160 Roberta L. Krueger 12 The Allure of Otherworlds: The Arthurian Romances in Germany 175 Will Hasty 13 Scandinavian Versions of Arthurian Romance 189 Geraldine Barnes 14 The Grail and French Arthurian Romance 202 Edward Donald Kennedy Part IV Arthur in Medieval English Literature 219 15 The English Brut Tradition 221 Julia Marvin 16 Arthurian Romance in English Popular Tradition: Sir Percyvell of Gales , Sir Cleges , and Sir Launfal 235 Ad Putter 17 English Chivalry and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 252 Carolyne Larrington 18 Sir Gawain in Middle English Romance 265 Roger Dalrymple 19 The Medieval English Tristan 278 Tony Davenport Part V From Medieval to Medievalism 295 20 Malory's Morte Darthur and History 297 Andrew Lynch 21 Malory's Lancelot and Guenevere 312 Elizabeth Archibald 22 Malory and the Quest for the Holy Grail 326 Raluca L. Radulescu 23 The Arthurian Legend in the Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries 340 Alan Lupack 24 Scholarship and Popular Culture in the Nineteenth Century 355 David Matthews 25 Arthur in Victorian Poetry 368 Inga Bryden 26 King Arthur in Art 381 Jeanne Fox-Friedman Part VI Arthur in the Modern Age 401 27 A Postmodern Subject in Camelot: Mark Twain's (Re)Vision of Malory's Morte Darthur in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court 403 Robert Paul Lamb 28 T. H. White's The Once and Future King 420 Andrew Hadfi eld 29 Modernist Arthur: The Welsh Revival 434 Geraint Evans 30 Historical Fiction and the Post-Imperial Arthur 449 Tom Shippey 31 Feminism and the Fantasy Tradition: The Mists of Avalon 463 Jan Shaw Part VII Arthur on Film 479 32 Remediating Arthur 481 Laurie A. Finke and Martin B. Shichtman 33 Arthur's American Round Table: The Hollywood Tradition 496 Susan Aronstein 34 The Art of Arthurian Cinema 511 Lesley Coote 35 Digital Divagations in a Hyperreal Camelot: Antoine Fuqua's King Arthur 525 Nickolas Haydock Index 543
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"Even so, A Companion to Arthurian Literature is without a doubt a very useful collection of essays with up-to-date guides for reading and a bibliography that students and non-specialists will find very handy." ( Besprechungen , 1 January 2011)
"This is a volume which will be of particular use to students and scholars of English-though it will be equally useful, no doubt, to readers from other traditions who need a quick, but scholarly and exhilarating, introduction largely to the English-language Arthur." ( Arthuriana , 21 January 2011)

"A must for anyone interested in the many aspects of the Arthurian legend, the book includes abundant references (including to primary sources) that will serve both those approaching this material for the first time and those pursuing complete knowledge of the subject." ( CHOICE , 2009)

"If the coverage is impressive, it is matched by the content.... Any library that covers English literature and popular culture will find this a very worthwhile and popular acquisition for a range of student, academic and other interested readers." ( Languages and Literature , Autumn 2009)
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"Even so, A Companion to Arthurian Literature is without a doubt a very useful collection of essays with up-to-date guides for reading and a bibliography that students and non-specialists will find very handy." ( Besprechungen , 1 January 2011) "This is a volume which will be of particular use to students and scholars of English-though it will be equally useful, no doubt, to readers from other traditions who need a quick, but scholarly and exhilarating, introduction largely to the English-language Arthur." ( Arthuriana , 21 January 2011) "A must for anyone interested in the many aspects of the Arthurian legend, the book includes abundant references (including to primary sources) that will serve both those approaching this material for the first time and those pursuing complete knowledge of the subject." ( CHOICE , 2009) "If the coverage is impressive, it is matched by the content... Any library that covers English literature and popular culture will find this a very worthwhile and popular acquisition for a range of student, academic and other interested readers." ( Languages and Literature , Autumn 2009)
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About Helen Fulton

Helen Fulton is Professor of English and Director of the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Research at Swansea University. She has published widely on medieval Welsh and English literatures and has related interests in language and critical theory, particularly narrative. Recent books include Medieval Celtic Literature and Society (2005), an edited collection of articles, and Narrative and Media (2005), a co-authored study of narrative theory applied to media texts.
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