Arthurian Literature XXXI

November 2014
8 black and white illustrations
220 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Arthurian Literature
ISBN: 9781843843863
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
BISAC LIT011000, LIT004120, LIT004130

Arthurian Literature XXXI

Edited by Elizabeth Archibald, David F. Johnson

Arthurian Literature has established its position as the home for a great diversity of new research into Arthurian matters. It delivers fascinating material across genres, periods, and theoretical issues. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
The studies collected in this volume demonstrate the enduring vitality of the Arthurian legend in a wide range of places, times and media. Chrétien's Conte du Graal features first in a study of the poem's place in its Anglo-Norman context, followed by four essays on Malory's Morte Darthur. Two of these deal with the significance of wounds and wounding in Malory's text, while the third explores the problematic aspects of sleep and the "slepynge knight" in that same romance. The fourth considers "transformative female corpses" as, quite literally, the embodiment of critical comment on the chivalric community in the Morte Darthur. There follow two studies of the Arthurian legend captured in material objects: the first concerns the early twelfth-century images on a marble column from the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, the second a twentieth-century tapestry created by Lady Trevelyan for the family home at Wallington Hall. The volume closes with an essay that brings us into the twenty-first century, with an assessment of Kaamelott, an irreverent French Pythonesque television series.

Elizabeth Archibald is Professor of English Studies at Durham University, and Principal of St Cuthbert's Society; David F. Johnson is Professor of English at Florida State University, Tallahassee.

Contributors: Karen Cherewatuk, Tara Foster, Joan Tasker Grimbert, Erin Kissick, Irit Ruth Kleiman, Megan Leitch, Roger Simpson, K.S. Whetter.

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Table of Contents

Chrétien's Conte Du Graal between Myth and History - Irit Ruth Kleiman
Malory's Thighs and Launcelot's Buttock: Ignoble Wounds and Moral Transgression in the Morte Darthur - Karen Cherewatuk
Weeping, Wounds, and Worshyp in Malory's Morte Darthur - Kevin S Whetter
Sleeping Knights and 'Such Maner of Sorow-Makynge': Affect, Ethics and Unconsciousness in Malory's Morte Darthur - Megan G. Leitch
Mirroring Masculinities: Transformative Female Corpses in Malory's Morte Darthur - Erin Kissick
Tristan and Iseult at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela - Joan Tasker Grimbert
Trevelyan Triptych: A Family and the Arthurian Legend - Roger Simpson
Kaamelott: A new French Arthurian Tradition - Tara Foster


A discipline like Arthurian Studies benefits greatly from a publication venue for longer articles, especially one with the status and pleasant format of the series Arthurian Literature. This thirty-first volume has the quality and variety that one would expect. SPECULUM

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