Academic journal article Medium Aevum

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

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

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

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Re-Viewing 'Le Morte Darthur': Texts and Contexts, Characters and Themes, ed. K. S. Whetter and Raluca L. Radulescu, Arthurian Studies LX (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer; Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2005). xii + 165 pp. ISBN 1-84384-035-9. £40.00/880.00. In this collection of ten essays the central subjects of Malorian criticism and debate are revisited: textual matters, geography and politics, and theme and genre. Following an introduction by P. J. C. Field, the volume opens with the textual: Takako Kato scrutinizes the self-corrections of the scribes of the Winchester manuscript; Thomas Hanks, Jr argues for the distortion of editing, from Caxton and de Worde onwards; Thomas H. Crofts looks again at fifteenth-century expectations in relation to Caxton's preface. The next several essays turn to sociopolitical contexts: Meg Roland considers changing world views in terms of the differences between the Winchester and Caxton versions of the Roman War story; Robert L. …

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