Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Arthurian Studies in Honour of P. J. C. Field

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Arthurian Studies in Honour of P. J. C. Field

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Arthurian Studies in Honour of P. J. C. Field, ed. Bonnie Wheeler, Arthurian Studies LVII (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2004). xiv + 333 pp. ISBN 1-84384-013-8. £60.00/$110.00.

This volume honours Professor Field with contributions from twenty-eight international scholars, and includes essays on French, German, and GalicianPortuguese material, as well as English. A wide range of topics is covered, from Wace's Brut to Mark Twain, via French prose romances and English Gawain and Lancelot traditions. (One caveat: Brut scholars should be wary of Weiss's translation, which even in its revised edition contains many mistranslations.) There is no index, but each essay is preceded by an abstract. There is a bibliography of Field's publications, and a warm appreciation of the dedicatee by his colleague Margaret Locherbie-Cameron.

As well as an appropriate focus on Malory, other areas of common endeavour emerge. Elspeth Kennedy, Maldwyn Mills, and Le Saux deal interestingly with manuscripts and iconography. Gray and Lacy argue for a new look at undervalued texts. Alien, Cowen, Rosalind Field, and Hutchinson investigate questions of audience and reception. Middleton draws on an impressive range of material in his elegant demonstration of the complex reception of Chretien's description of Enide's dress. Brewer, Hardman, Edward Kennedy, and Whetter are concerned with sources, both textual and socio-historical. Nakao and Putter contribute useful studies of lexis. …

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