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Avalon Revisited

Reworkings of the Arthurian Myth

María José Álvarez Faedo

This book contains a collection of essays dealing with different re-workings of the Arthurian myth. The papers trace the Arthurian myth, inquiring into its origins in Ancient Rome, and pointing out influences from the Dark Ages up to the present. Reference is made to oral tradition, visual narrative and iconic messages in manuscript illumination, the myth in medieval chivalry and the decay of the latter. Parallelisms are drawn with Christian figures and beliefs, with Irish literature and Gaelic mythology, and with novels and films.
The methodological approaches and points of view show great diversity: from an inquiry into the historical sources of the myth, to comparative literature, inter-textuality, feminist criticism, analysis of cinema up to a refreshing practical classroom exercise.
Contents: María José Álvarez-Faedo: Introduction – Jorge Abril-Sánchez: The Medieval Orders of Knights and their Historical Exemplary Nature of the Arthurian Myth – Francisco J. Borge: A New Arthurian Hero Born to Fail? Elements of the Arthurian Legend in Don Quixote – Héctor Blanco-Uría: Merlin and Cunqueiro, Close Family – María del Mar González-Chacón: Tóraigheach Dhiarmada agus Ghráinne (Pursuit of Diarmaid and Gráinne): Lady Gregory’s (Re)Vision of the Arthurian Legend – Rubén Valdés-Miyares: Morgan’s Queendom: The Other Arthurian Myth – María Isabel García-Martínez: Dux Femina Bellorum: War Also Agrees in the Feminine – María José Álvarez-Faedo: Arthurian Reminiscences in Tolkien’s Trilogy: The Lord of the Rings – M. Gabriela García-Teruel: The Untold? True? Story that Inspired the Legend. On the 2004 Rendering of the Arthurian Story and its Classroom Application – Ana Isabel Expósito-Álvarez: Manuscript Illumination: A Visual Reworking of the Arthurian Legends.