Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Arthurian Literature

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Arthurian Literature

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Arthurian Literature, XXIV, ed. Keith Busby, Bart Besamusca, and Frank Brandsma (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2007). xiv + 177 pp.; 27 plates. ISBN 978-1-84384-116-6. £40.00/$75.00. The twenty-fourth edition of Arthurian Literature promises a panEuropean approach to the subject, and it does not disappoint. Not surprisingly, it incorporates articles on French, German, and English literature, although these generally focus on lesser-known texts; the rest of the volume extends its boundaries considerably and takes in scholarship on literature from Scandinavia, the Netherlands, and Italy.

Among the articles in the volume, there are a number that stand out as really embracing the approach prescribed by the editors, and these include Norris J. Lacy's illuminating discussion of Perceval as a character who appears, sometimes uncomfortably, across the full spectrum of European Arthurian literature, Linda Gowans's meticulously researched paper which considers Gauvain's discontent in a number of European romances as a means of understanding content that may have appeared in the lost La Pleinte vavayn, Joseph M. …

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