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Articles from Vol. 22, No. 1, 2012

Cognitive Dysfunction in Dínus Saga Drambláta and le Roman De Perceval
Chrétien's Roman de Perceval and the Old Icelandic romance of Dínus saga drambláta share a seam of cognitive dysfunction. This paper considers these otherwise disparate works as tales of quest, hindered by imperfect comprehension, in the context of medieval...
Ectors Saga: An Arthurian Pastiche in Classical Guise
The translations of French Arthurian literature in the North did not generate original Arthurian compositions in Iceland. The late medieval Ectors saga, however, may be considered an Arthurian romance, inasmuch as the author adapted motifs and episodes...
'Everyone Thought It Very Strange How the Man Had Been Shaped': The Hero and His Physical Traits in the Riddarasögur
The article argues that the depiction of the male hero's physical attributes in three sagas composed at the court of King Hákon Hákonarsson in Bergen-Þiðreks saga, Erex saga, and Tristrams saga-reflect the merging of traditions and cultural expectations...
Filming the Middle Ages
Bettina bildhauer, Filming the Middle Ages. London: Reaktion Books Ltd, 2011. Pp. 264. ISBN: 978-1-86189-808-1. £25.00.Unfortunately, Bettina Bildhauer's monograph delivers much less than it promises or than one might hope, given the repeated claims...
Introduction
There has been something of a resurgence of interest over the last few years in the riddarasögur, the adaptations of French romances into the medieval Nordic languages. Among these texts are reworkings of some Arthurian romances, in particular the Tristan...
Monsters, Gender and Sexuality in Medieval English Literature
DANA M. OSWALD, Monsters, Gender and Sexuality in Medieval English Literature. Gender in the Middle Ages 5. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer, 2010. Pp. 227. ISBN: 978-1-8438-4232-3. $95.00.Monsters make frequent appearances in medieval texts,...
Perceforest et Zéphir: Propositions Autour D'un Récit Bourguignon
Christine ferlampin-acher, Perceforest et Zéphir: Propositions autour d'un récit bourguignon. Geneva: Droz, 2010. Pp. 476. ISBN: 978-2-600-01432-8. $82.After long neglect by medievalists, the Roman de Perceforest has of late received the attention it...
Remaking the Middle Ages: The Methods of Cinema and History in Portraying the Medieval World
ANDREW B.R. ELLIOTT, Remaking the Middle Ages: The Methods of Cinema and History in Portraying the Medieval World. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2011. Pp. x, 275. ISBN 978-0-7864-4624-7. $38.00.In Remaking the Middle Ages, Andrew B.R. Elliott...
The Arthur of the North: The Arthurian Legend in the North and Rus' Realms
MARIANNE E. KALINKE, ed. The Arthur of the North: The Arthurian Legend in the North and Rus' Realms. Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages 5. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2011. Pp. x, 223. isbn: 978-0-7083-2353-3. $85.00.The Arthur of the North...
The Matter of Blár in Tristrams Kvæði
This article explores the color of the sails on Ísodd the Fair's ship in three of the four versions of Tristrams kvæ ði. Specifically, it discusses Ísodd the Dark's declaration of the sails' color as svört instead of blá in light of what seems to be...
The Round Table
NEWSfrom the North American BranchNAB Officers 2011-2014 (for full addresses, see Bibliographical Bulletin of the International Arthurian Society [BBIAS])President: Joan Tasker Grimbert (Catholic University of America)Immediate Past President: Kevin...
The Vikings on Film: Essays on Depictions of the Nordic Middle Ages
KEVIN J. HARTY, ed. The Vikings on Film: Essays on Depictions of the Nordic Middle Ages. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011. Pp. viii, 228. ISBN: 978-0-7864-6044-1. $38.00Kevin J. Harty is well known to readers of this journal. His King Arthur on Film: New...
Translation or Adaptation? Parcevals Saga as a Result of Cultural Transformation
In a medieval context, it is often difficult to distinguish between a translation and an original work. Is it appropriate to call the Old Norse version of Chrétien de Troyes' Le Conte du Graal a translation? Or do we need entirely new terminology to...
Tristram: From Civilizing Hero to Power Politician
This article compares the world views in two sagas about Tristram and Isönd-one from Norway and composed in 1226, the other from Iceland and composed in the fourteenth century. The former situates King Mark's chivalric court in the midst of giants. The...
Writers of Wales: Geoffrey of Monmouth
KAREN JANKULAK, Writers of Wales: Geoffrey of Monmouth. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2010. Pp. 118. ISBN: 978-0-7083-2151-5. £16.99.University of Wales Press has over the years produced many volumes in its Writers of Wales series, a collection...
Writing in the Margins: Norse Arthurian Sagas as Palimpsests
This is a comparative study of three Old Norse translations/adaptations of French romances. The focus is on certain of the modifications made in the Norse romances as part of the process of 'acculturation,' the need to modify texts to align them with...
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