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1st Edition

The Arthurian World

ISBN 9780367172701
Published June 30, 2022 by Routledge
602 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This collection provides an innovative and wide-ranging introduction to the world of Arthur by looking beyond the canonical texts and themes, taking instead a transversal perspective on the Arthurian narrative. Together, its thirty-four chapters explore the continuities that make the material recognizable from one century to another, as well as transformations specific to particular times and places, revealing the astonishing variety of adaptations that have made the Arthurian story popular in large parts of the world.

Divided into four parts—The World of Arthur in the British Isles, The European World of Arthur, The Material World of Arthur, and The Transversal World of Arthur — the volume tracks the legend’s movement across temporal, geographical, and material boundaries. Broadly chronological, each part views the unfolding Arthurian story through its own lens, while temporal and geographical overlaps between the sections underscore the proximity of these developments in the legend’s history.

Ranging from early Latin chronicles and Welsh poetry to twenty-first century anime and political conspiracies, this comprehensive and illuminating book will be of interest to anyone researching Arthurian literature or tracing the evolution of medievalism through literature, the visual arts, and popular culture.

Table of Contents


PART I: The World of Arthur in the British Isles

1 King Arthur: Hero or Legend?

P. J. C. Field

2 The Invention of Arthurian Britain: Arthur in the Early Welsh Literary Tradition

Helen Fulton

3 Arthur Among the Nine Worthies

Audrey Martin and David Mason

4 Prophecy and Place in the Arthurian Tradition

Victoria Flood

5 Spenser, Malory, and Regionalism in Arthurian Literature

Kenneth Hodges

6 The Post-medieval Arthur at War

Andrew Lynch

7 The Arthurian Legends in the Sixteenth Century: The Misfortunes of Arthur and The

Faerie Queene

Andrew Hadfield

8 "what’s past is prologue" – Early Modern Explorations of Arthurian Romance and

Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Claudia Olk

9 Victorian Medievalisms: Rehabilitating Arthur in Eleonora Louisa Hervey’s The Feasts of Camelot

Renée Ward

10 Staging Guenevere’s Maternity in Richard Hovey’s The Marriage of Guenevere and The

Birth of Galahad

Virginia Blanton

PART II: The European World of Arthur

11 The Byelorussian Tristan

Milica Spremić Končar

12 Continuity and Discontinuity in the Irish Arthurian Romances

Bernadette Smelik

13 No Country for Young Men: The Challenge of the Medieval Greek Old Knight

Thomas H. Crofts

14 A Not-So-Unique Text: Melekh Artus and Medieval Jewish Arthurian Romance

Caroline Gruenbaum

15 Viduvilt: The Yiddish World of Arthur

Annegret Oehme

16 No Knights, No England, No Arthur: Arthurian Theater in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Germany

Cora Dietl

17 Guiron le Courtois Across Borders: The Life of a Prose Narrative Cycle

Nicola Morato

18 Optical Illusion, Illusory Objects, and the Quest of the Holy Grail in the Vulgate Queste del Saint Graal and Perlesvaus

Martha Baldon

PART III: The Material World of Arthur

19 Making and Illustrating Arthurian Manuscripts

Alison Stones

20 Sir Palamedes the Indelibly "Saracen" Knight: Heraldry, Monstrosity, and Race in Fifteenth-Century Arthurian Romance Manuscripts

Tirumular (Drew) Narayanan

21 Minding the Gaps: Topology and Gender in the Remediation of Medieval German Arthurian Romance

Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand

22 Arthurian Imagination in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Art

Peter N. Lindfield

23 Finding Arthur in the Percy Folio

Katie Garner

24 A History of Malory’s Morte Darthur in Print

James Wade

25 A Grave Discovery? Guinevere’s Death and Burial at Amesbury in Medieval and Early

Modern Tradition

Mary Bateman

PART IV: The Transversal World of Arthur

26 The Arthurian Legends in America

Alan Lupack

27 In the Ancient Days of Sagas: Astrid Lindgren and the Legacy of Arthurian Romance

Sofia Lodén

28 "Hail to the king[s], baby": Arthur vs Army of Darkness

Jeff Massey and Tabitha Ochtera

29 Arthur in Modern Fantasy Literature

Shiloh Carroll

30 Cinema Arthuriana and the Knights of the Not-So-Round Table

Kevin J. Harty

31 The Grail is in Another Castle: The World of Arthur in Digital Games

Alicia McKenzie

32 Desire and the Flexible Grail: The Japanese Fate Franchise and Evolving Notions of

Arthurian Power

E. L. Risden

33 "Moor" and "Saracen" in Medieval and Contemporary Arthurian Texts

Kris Swank

34 Guy Ritchie, King Arthur, and the Great Conspiracy

Andrew B. R. Elliot

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Victoria Coldham-Fussell is a Research Ethics Adviser for Victoria University of Wellington—Te Herenga Waka. Her research focuses on renaissance humor and the work of Edmund Spenser. She is the author of Comic Spenser: Faith, Folly, and The Faerie Queene (2020), co-author of the Oxford Bibliographies article 'Edmund Spenser' (2017), and contributor to Conversatio—In the Company of Bees (2021).

Miriam Edlich-Muth holds the Chair of Medieval English and Historical Linguistics at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany.

Renée Ward is Senior Lecturer in Medieval Literature at the University of Lincoln, UK, and co-editor of The Year’s Work in Medievalism.