This book deals with all aspects of the Merlin legend, from its origins to its expression in medieval and modern literature, film, and popular culture. Following an extended introduction and a full bibliography, the volume offers nearly twenty essays--some newly commissioned for this volume, others selected from the most important scholarly and critical studies of Merlin and his role. Two of the reprinted essays are translated into English for the first time.
Introduction, Peter H. Goodrich Select Bibliography Part I: The Evolution of the Legend 1. Early Stages in the Development of the Merlin Legend, A.O.H. Jarman 2. The Prophet and the Magician, Paul Zumthor 3. Merlin and the Ladies of the Lake, Anne Berthelot 4. Merlin in Italian Literature, Donald L. Hoffman 5. Merlin in Iberian Literature, Barbara D. Miller 6. Merlin in German Literature, Ulrich Muller 7. Merlin as New-World Wizard, Alan C. Lupack 8. The Enchanter Awakes: Merlin in Modern Fiction, Raymond H. Thompson Part II. Major Motifs and Works 9. Merlin as Wise Old Man, Heinrich Zimmer 10. Merlin in the Grail Legend, Emma Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz 11. Robert de Boron's Merlin, Alexandre Micha 12. Merlin Romancier: Paternity, Prophecy, and Poetics in the Huth Merlin, Kate Cooper 13. Malory's Tragic Merlin, Donald L. Hoffman 14. Spenser's Merlin, William Blackburn 15. Druids, Bards, and Tennyson's Merlin, Catherine Barnes Stevenson 16. Illusion and Relation: Merlin as an Image of the Artist in Tennyson, Dore, Burne-Jones, and Beardsley, Linda K. Hughes 17. Master and Mediator of the Natural World, Jean Markale Proper Name Index