A Companion to Arthurian Literature (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

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This Companion offers a chronological sweep of the canon of Arthurian literature - from its earliest beginnings to the contemporary manifestations of Arthur found in film and electronic media. Part of the popular series, Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture, this expansive volume enables a fundamental understanding of Arthurian literature and explores why it is still integral to contemporary culture.

  • Offers a comprehensive survey from the earliest to the most recent works
  • Features an impressive range of well-known international contributors
  • Examines contemporary additions to the Arthurian canon, including film and computer games
  • Underscores an understanding of Arthurian literature as fundamental to western literary tradition

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This Companion offers a chronological sweep of the canon of Arthurian literature - from its earliest beginnings to the contemporary manifestations of Arthur in film and electronic media. Leading scholars review Arthurian legends and their transformations, language-to-language, text-to-film, and medieval-to-modern adaptations are analyzed, and key concepts such as "empire", "romance" and "chivalry" are explored.

Beginning with the historical Arthur and his Celtic origins, this volume chronicles the transmission of the legend throughout Britain and Europe. Arthurian legends within the medieval and Victorian literary movements and the iconography of Arthurian themes in art are surveyed, and the symbolic role of Arthur in modernist literature ushers in the twentieth century, while the feminist approach of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Mists of Avalon initiates a genre of fantasy fiction based on a richly conceived Arthurian world. Finally, the Companion highlights the rebirth and legacy of the Arthurian legend in contemporary films and computer games.

Part of Blackwell’s popular Companions to Literature and Culture series, this expansive volume enables a fundamental understanding of Arthurian literature and leaves no doubt as to why it is still important today.

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Helen Fulton is Professor of English and Director of the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Research at Swansea University. She has published widely on medieval Welsh and English literatures and has related interests in language and critical theory, particularly narrative. Recent books include Medieval Celtic Literature and Society (2005), an edited collection of articles, and Narrative and Media (2005), a co-authored study of narrative theory applied to media texts.

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