Discrete inquiries into 15 forms of the Arthurian legends produced over the last century explore how they have altered the tradition. They consider works from the US and Europe, and those aimed at popular and elite audiences. The overall conclusion is that the "Arthurian revival" is an ongoing event, and has become multivalent, multinational, and multimedia. Originally published in 1992.
Introduction 1. Skirmishes at the Periphery: Edward Howard, Eglinton, and Aristocratic Chivalry in Metropolitan Magazine Linda K. Hughes 2. Allegory and Comedy in Bulwer-Lytton's King Arthur Mark Cumming 3. Teasing the King John R. Reed 4. William Morris: Arthurian Innovator Rebecca Cochran 5. "The True and the False": Tennyson's Idylls of the King and the Visual Arts Christine Poulson 6. Sir Noel Paton and the Grail Quest: The Arthurian Mythos as Christian Art Richard A. Schindler 7. Art's Moral Mission: Reading G.F. Watts's Sir Galahad Marilynn Lincoln Board 8. American Arthurian Authors: A Declaration of Independence Alan Lupack 9. From Romance to Ritual: Wolfram, Arthur, and Wagner's Parsifal Edward R. Haymes 10. Toward the Condition of (Absolute) Music: Edward A. MacDowell and the Arthurian Twilight Joe K. Law 11. Rutland Boughton's Arthurian Cycle Michael Hurd 12. The First and Last Love: Morgan le Fay and Arthur Raymond H. Thompson 13. The Broken Quest: The "Perceval" Romances of Chrètien de Troyes and Eric Rohmer Bruce A. Beatie 14. Decapitation and Deconstruction: The Body of the Hero in Robert Bresson's Lancelot du Lac Julie F. Codell 15. Whom Does the Grail Serve? Wagner, Spielberg, and the Issue of Jewish Appropriation Martin B. Shichtman
Reissuing works originally published between 1929 and 1996, Routledge Library Editions: Arthurian Literature offers a selection of scholarship on the genre. Classic previously out-of-print works are brought back into print here in this small set of literary criticism, translation, art and drama.The enduring myth and legend appears from Mediaeval literature through to more modern writings and offers a spectrum of poetry and prose which is studied widely, as expemplified in this set.