Academic journal article Medium Aevum

A Companion to Arthurian Literature: Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

A Companion to Arthurian Literature: Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture

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A Companion to Arthurian Literature: Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture, ed. Helen Fulton (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). xiv + 571 pp.; 16 illustrations. ISBN 978-1-405 1- 5789-6. £95.00. This most recent addition to collections of essays on Arthurian literature will certainly occupy a prominent place on many shelves. The span of the volume is impressive, and it raises many interesting questions concerning die shaping of the Arthurian tradition and the power of that tradition to renew itself in vasdy differing cultural contexts. Helen Fulton's thoughtful introduction explores this enduring process of 'reproduction, reinvention and . . . remediation'. The book begins with historical topics, including archaeological material, Latin sources, and chronicles (Alan Lane, N.J. Higham, Helen Fulton, lister M. Matheson). Celtic origins are explored through essays on the growdi of the legend in Scodand and Cornwall as well as Wales (Karen Jankulak and Jonathan M. …

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