Re-Viewing Le Morte Darthur: Texts and Contexts, Characters and Themes

February 2005
6 black and white illustrations
182 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Arthurian Studies
ISBN: 9781843840350
Format: Hardback

Re-Viewing Le Morte Darthur: Texts and Contexts, Characters and Themes

Edited by K.S. Whetter, Raluca L. Radulescu

The essays in this collection present a range of new ideas and approaches in Malory studies, looking again [as the title suggests] at several of the most debated critical points. A number of articles focus closely on the implications of the production of the text, ranging from the repercussions of the working habits of the Winchester scribes, as well as of Malory's printers and editors, to a reassessment of Caxton's Preface. There are also nuanced readings of geography and politics in the Morte Darthur and its fifteenth-century contexts, and analyses of text and context in relation to the role of women, character and theme in the Morte, including the important questions of worshyp and mesure, as well as the issues of coherence and genre.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Peter J.C. Field
Corrected Mistakes in the Winchester Manuscript - Takako Kato
Textual Harassment: Caxton, de Worde, and Malory's Morte Darthur - D Thomas Hanks Jr
`thynges forsayd aledged': Historia and argumentum in Caxton's Preface to the Morte Darthur - Thomas Howard Crofts
From `Saracens' to `Infydeles': The Recontextualization of the East in Caxton's Edition of Le Morte Darthur - Meg Roland
Malory's `Tale of King Arthur' and the Political Geography of Fifteenth-Century England - Robert L Kelly
Symbolic Uses of Space in Malory's Morte Darthur - Dhira B Mahoney
Women's Worship: Female Versions of Chivalric Honour - Lisa Robeson
`Oute of mesure': Violence and Knighthood in Malory's Morte Darthur - Raluca Radulescu
Why Every Knight Needs His Lady: Re-viewing Questions of Genre and `Cohesion' in Malory's Le Morte Darthur - Fiona Tolhurst
On Misunderstanding Malory's Balyn - Kevin S Whetter


Intriguing scholarly discussions, well-informed by earlier criticism but willing to move beyond the implications of previous secondary literature. MEDIEVAL REVIEW
Attests to the sophistication with which scholars are returning to the familiar and fundamental questions of Malory studies. ARTHURIANA

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