Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Medieval Arthurian Literature: A Guide to Recent Research

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Medieval Arthurian Literature: A Guide to Recent Research

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AledievalArlhurian Literature: A Guide to Recent Research, ed. Norris J. Lacy (New York: Garland, 1996). xii + 474 PP- ISBN o-8113-2.160-o. $73.00. This useful book focuses on medieval vernacular literature in western Europe and excludes the few texts from the East and the Latin material except for Geoffrey of Monmouth, discussed briefly in the chapter on England, and in relation to Welsh versions in the chapter on Celtic lands. There are separate chapters on England Uames Carley), Scandinavia (Marianne Kalinke), France (Keith Busby and Karen Grossweiner), the Low Countries (Bart Besamusca), the Celtic lands Uohn T. Koch), Italy (Christopher Kleinhenz), Germany (William C. McDonald), Spain and Portugal (Harvey Shatter), Arthurian translation (Norris Lacy). Each chapter begins with a general survey of essential material and critical trends, and, in a number of cases, of desiderata. This is followed by a listing of what are considered to be the important contributions under the following headings: bibliographies, editions and translations, critical studies that are regarded as important reading for anyone working in the field. For most chapters, the term 'recent research' applies to work published in the last twenty years. The chapter on France, because of the abundance of material, had to be confined to works published between ig8o and 1993, with some items from 1994, apart from a very small number of items published in the 1970s. …

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