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Arthurian Interpretations 15.2-16.1, 1.1-4.2;
Quondam et Futurus: A Journal of Arthurian Interpretations 1.1-3.4
Abstracts of Journal Articles
Editor Emeritus Henry Hall Peyton III compiled the first 'Author Index ' for the journal with a full set of 'Abstracts ' to the journal in all its previous incarnations:
Quondam et Futurus
Quondam et Futurus: A Journal of Arthurian Interpretations
Since 1994 the Arthuriana staff has been responsible for the index entries and abstracts.
Entries are current to Vol. 22, issue 2.
These abstracts are prepared in alphabetical order according to the author 's surname, and reviews are listed under the name of the reviewer.
Ackerman, Felicia. '"Every man of worshyp": Emotion and Characterization in Malory 's Le Morte Darthur.' Arthuriana 11.2 (Summer 2001): 32-42
Abstract: Le Morte Darthur has characters who are believable as coherent individuals.(FA)
-----. Rev. of The Knight without the Sword: A Social Landscape of Malorian Chivalryby Hyonjin Kim. Arthuriana 11.4 (Winter 2001).
-----. Rev. of The Genesis of Narrative in Malory 's Morte Darthur by Elizabeth Edwards.Arthuriana 12.3 (Fall 2002).
-----. Rev. of Catherine Batt, Malory 's Morte Darthur: Remaking Arthurian Tradition.Arthuriana 14.1 (Spring 2004): 92.
-----. Rev. of Gender and the Chivalric Community in Malory’s Morte d’Arthur by Dorsey Armstrong. Arthuriana 14.4 (Winter 2004): 77-78.
------. '‘I may do no penaunce’: Spiritual Sloth in Malory’s Morte.' Arthuriana 16.1 (Spring 2006): 47-53.
Abstract: The concept of spiritual sloth offers a useful way of looking at Malory’sMorte. (FNA)
------. '"I love nat to be constrayned to love": Emotional Charity and Maloryπs World.'Arthuriana 16.2 (Summer 2006): 21-24.
Abstract: The concept of emotional charity offers a useful way of thinking about Maloryπs Morte, and vice versa. (FNA)
------. 'Your charge is to me a plesure': Manipulation, Gareth, Lynet, and Malory. Arthuriana 19.3 (Fall 2009): 8-14
Abstract: Analytic philosophy offers a new perspective for viewing Gareth’s manipulation of Lynet in Malory’s Morte Darthur. (FNA)
Adams, Jeremy duQ. Rev. of Medieval France: An Encyclopedia. Ed. William W. Kibler and Grover A. Zinn. Arthuriana 7.1 (Spring 1997): 137-38.
------. Rev. of Sub-Roman Britain(AD 400-600): A Gazetteer of Sites. By Christopher A. Snyder. Arthuriana 8.2 (Summer 1998): 142-43.
-------. Rev. of Reconstructing Camelot: French Romantic Medievalism and the Arthurian Tradition by Michael Glencross. Arthuriana 8.3 (Fall 1998): 109-112.
Adderley, C.M. Rev. of Continuations: Essays on Medieval French Literature and
Language in Honor of John L. Grigsby. Ed. Norris J. Lacy and Gloria Torrini-Roblin. QetF1.4 (Winter 1991): 81-84.
-------. 'The Best Thing for Being Sad: Education and Educators in T.H. White 's The Once and Future King. ' QetF 2.1 (Spring 1992): 55-68.
Abstract: Education is the theme which most clearly gives The Once and Future Kingits structure. 'The Sword in the Stone ' describes the education which makes the idealistic pursuit of Utopia possible. Merlyn educates the Wart in such a way that he can see the faults inherent in society. When Arthur is king, he tries very hard to rectify these faults, by channeling might for right. 'The Queen of Air and Darkness ' describes how a neglected education can destroy the potential of that Utopia, for later in the novel Mordred, himself a product of Morgause 's neglect, is able to use the unique personalities reinforced by this absence of definite education to his own ends. 'The Ill-Made Knight ' describes not merely the best example of the Utopian ideal, but also, paradoxically, the means by which it will be destroyed, for it is Lancelot 's illicit love which gives Mordred the tool he needs. This destruction is narrated in the final volume, 'The Candle in the Wind. ' From a chaotic and much-neglected childhood education, White has constructed The Once and Future King to illustrate the importance of education for good--or for evil. (CMA)
-------. Rev. of An Index of Themes and Motifs in Twelfth-Century French Arthurian Poetry. By E. H. Ruck. QetF 2.3 (Fall 1992): 71-73.
-------. Rev. of Arthur and Tristan: On the Intersection of Legends in German Medieval Literature. By William C. McDonald. QetF 2.4 (Winter 1992): 73-76.
-------. Rev. of The Life and Times of Sir Thomas Malory. By P.J.C. Field. Arthuriana 4.3 (Fall 1994): 276-78.
-------. Rev. of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance. By Ad Putter. Arthuriana 6.3 (Fall 1996): 83-86.
-------. Rev. of Le Morte Darthur or the Hoole Book of Kyng Arthur and of His Noble Knyghts of the Rounde Table: Authoritative Text, Sources and Backgrounds, Criticism. By Stephen H.A. Shepherd, ed. Arthuriana 14.4 (Winter 2004): 96-98.
Alama, Pauline J. 'A Woman in King Arthur 's Court: Wendy Mnookin 's Guenever Speaks . ' QetF 2.2 (Summer 1992): 81-88.
Abstract: The best-known female perspective on Arthurian legend, Marion Zimmer Bradley 's The Mists of Avalon, takes the viewpoint of the king 's sister, Morgaine, freeing the legendary sorceress from her traditional villainous role. In Guenever Speaks, Wendy Mnookin takes the part of another marginalized character, and allows her to speak through a series of unrhymed 'persona poems ' that free Arthur 's adulterous wife from being defined by her adultery. The poems explore incidents in Malory 's Le Morte Darthur through Guenever 's eyes, from her longed-for marriage to Arthur until her death in a nunnery. As she grows and ages--losing a child, a husband, and a lover, but gaining self-awareness--Guenever must struggle to make a place for herself in a man 's world of power, warfare, and chivalric honor. Mnookin 's relationship to Arthurian tradition seems to parallel Guenever 's struggle. She follows Malory 's plot to the letter, but creates a female space between the lines of this male-authored epic just as Guenever must find a place for her desires within the constraints of a male-defined society. (PJA)
Allen, Mark. 'The Image of Arthur and the Idea of King. ' AInt 2.2 (Spring 1988): 1-16.
Abstract: Arthur 's representative value as a king is an index to his popularity in Western tradition. As the role of king changed historically, so changed the Arthur of literature, reflecting social and political developments in metaphorical, literary portraits. And like many literary reflections of history, Arthur encapsulates more than just the social and political past: he also reflects interpretations of this past, providing means both to survey historical kingship and to epitomize modern understanding of what kingship implies. (MA)
Allen, Rosamund. 'Eorles and Beornes: Contextualizing Lawman 's Brut. ' Arthuriana 8.3 (Fall 1998): 4-22.
Abstract: This essay considers contexts of Lawman 's Brut, which constructs an idealized monarchy through its presentation of King Arthur, whose behavior closely resembles that of the loyal William Marshal, earl of Pembroke. (RA)
-------. 'Reading Malory Aloud: Syntax, Gender, and Narrative Pace. ' Arthuriana 13.4 (Winter 2003): 71-85.
Abstract: This essay explores the contrast between the paratactic syntax of narrative action and the hypotactic syntax of speakers reflecting on situations. (RA)
Alvarez, B.. Rev. of The Decameron: First Day in Perspective. Elissa Weaver, ed.Arthuriana 14.3 (Fall 2004): 109-110.
-------. Rev. of The Cross That Dante Bears: Pilgrimage, Crusade, and the Cruciform Church in the Divine Comedy. By Mary Alexander Watt. Arthuriana 16.1 (Spring 2006): 86-88.
Amer, Sahar. Rev. of The Court and Culture of Diversity. Eds. Evelyn Mullaly and John Thompson. Arthuriana 9.2 (Summer 1999): 78-79.
Amey, Michael D. 'Constructing a Perilous Chapel: Contesting Power Structures in Naomi Mitchison 's To The Chapel Perilous. ' Arthuriana 14.3 (Fall 2004): 69-80.
Abstract: This article investigates the construction of hegemonic discourses and the resistance to those discourses depicted in Naomi Mitchison 's Arthurian novel, To the Chapel Perilous. (MDA)
Amtower, Laurel. Rev. of Gender and Text in the Later Middle Ages. Jane Chance ed.Arthuriana 7.1 (Spring 1997): 146-47.
Anderson, James E. Rev. of A Beowulf Handbook. By Robert J. Bjork and John D. Niles.Arthuriana 8.2 (Summer 1998): 143-45.
Anderson, Judith H. Rev. of Allegory and Violence. By Gordon Teskey. Arthuriana 7.4 (Winter 1997): 125-28.
-------. Rev. of 'The Faire Queene ' and Middle English Romance: The Matter of Just Memory. By Andrew King. Arthuriana 11.3 (Fall 2001): 131.
Anderson, Michael W. 'The honour of bothe courtes be nat lyke'" Cornish Resistance to Arthurian Dominance in Malory.' Arthuriana 19.2 (Summer 2009): 42-57.
Abstract: Malory explores the strengths and weakness of Arthurian chivalry in The Book of Sir Tristram by contrasting Cornwall with Camelot. (MWA)
Andersen, Oliver, and Glenn Marin. 'An Analysis of Queen of the Summer Stars by Use of the Literary Profundity Scale. ' QetF 2.1 (Spring 1992): 82-97.
Abstract: The publication of Guinevere, the third volume of Persia Woolley 's Arthurian trilogy, has promoted heightened interest in this recent retelling of the story of Arthur and his Round Table. Although all three books in the trilogy are highly suitable for use in the contemporary classroom, Queen of the Summer Stars, the second book of the series which recounts Arthurian themes from the point of view of Queen Guinevere, lends itself unusually well to a consideration of these works as teaching materials. (OA)
Archibald, Elizabeth. Rev. of The Malory Debate: Essays on the Texts of Le Morte Darthur. By Anne Marie D 'Arcy. Arthuriana 12.3 (Fall 2002): 164-165.
Arden, Heather. Rev. of Reconstructing Camelot: French Romantic Medievalism and the Arthurian Tradition. By Michael Glencross. Arthuriana 7.1 (Spring 1997): 152-54.
-------. Rev. of The Love Debate Poems of Christine de Pizan By Barbara K. Altmann.Arthuriana 9.4 (Winter 1999): 117-18.
Arden, Heather and Kathryn Lorenz. 'The Harry Potter Stories and French Arthurian Romance.' Arthuriana 13.2 (Summer 2003): 54-68.
Abstract: This article explores the varied medieval elements in the popular novels, as well as deeper narrative connections with Arthurian romance, particularly exploring parallels between the Harry Potter tales and Chrétien de Troyes’ Perceval. (HA/KL)
Armstrong, Dorsey. Rev. of Wisdom and the Grail: The Image of the Vessel in the Queste
del Saint Graal and Malory 's Tale of the Sankgreal. By Anne Marie D 'Arcy. Arthuriana 12.3 (Fall 2002): 123-124.
-------. 'Introduction: Laughing at Camelot. ' Arthuriana 14.4 (Winter 2004): 3-4.
-------. Rev. of King Arthur and the Myth of History. By Laurie A. Finke and Martin B. Shichtman. Arthuriana 15.2 (Summer 2005): 68-71.
-------. 'The (Non-)Christian Knight in Malory: A Contradiction in Terms?' Arthuriana 16.2 (Summer 2006): 30-34.
Abstract: An analysis of the figures of Sir Palomides and Sir Galahad in Maloryπs Morte Darthur reveals that both the non-Christian and the ultra-Christian knight pose similar threats to the Arthurian social order. (DA)
Aronstein, Susan . Rev. of The Medieval Hero on Screen: Representations from Beowulf to Buffy. Martha W. Driver and Sid Ray, eds. Arthuriana 15.2 (Summer 2005): 67-68.
Arthur, Geoffrey. [Poem] 'On Reading that the Hero of a Lost Romance "went to Morgana's Castle, but we do not know what befell him there." ' Arthuriana 4.1 (Spring 1994): 18.
-------. [Poem] 'The Queena's Maundy. ' Arthuriana 4.3 (Fall 1994): 271-73.
Ashe, Geoffrey. 'The Origins of the Arthurian Legend. ' Arthuriana 5.3 (Autumn 1995): 1-24.
Abstract: After prolonged debate, the search for the 'historical Arthur ' remains inconclusive, because of the nature of the evidence which historians take into account. Possibilities arise, however, from evidence of another kind. Literary inquiry can lead towards historical insight and identify an Arthur-figure who has been noticed at various times, but not adequately considered. (GA)
Ashley, Kathleen.Rev. of The Medieval Theater of Cruelty: Rhetoric, Memory, Violence.By Jody Enders. Arthuriana 10.4 (Winter 2000): 72-75.
Ashton, Gail. 'The Perverse Dynamics of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. ' Arthuriana15.3 (Fall 2005): 51-74.
Abstract: This article turns a queer eye upon Sir Gawain and the Green Knight to suggest that categories are continually elided through the workings of a perverse dynamics whose touchstone is not Gawain and the Green Knight as the title might indicate, but the semi-visible character of Morgan. (GA)
Astell, Ann W. Rev. of Re-visioning Gower. By R.F. Yeager. Arthuriana 10.2 (Summer 2000): 118-120.
Badir, Patricia. Rev. of Medieval Saints: A Reader by Mary-Ann Stouck, andMedieval Hagiography: An Anthology by Thomas Head. Arthuriana 11.4 (Winter 2001).
-------. Rev. of Signifying God: Social Relation and Symbolic Act in the York Corpus Christi Plays. By Sarah Beckwith. Arthuriana 12.4 (Winter 2002): 101-102.
Barban, Judith. Rev. of Oaths, Vows and Promises in the First Part of the French Prose Lancelot Romance. By Lisa Jefferson. Arthuriana 8.1 (Spring 1998): 85-86.
Bardsley, Sandy. Rev. of A Slice of Life: Selected Documents of Medieval Peasant Experience By Edwin Brezette DeWindth. Arthuriana 8.3 (Fall 1998): 98-100.
Barczewski, Stephanie. Rev. of Camelot in the Nineteenth Century: Arthurian Characters in the Poema of Tennyson, Arnold, Morris, and Swinburne. Arthuriana11.2 (Summer 2001): 78-79.
Barefield, Laura D. Rev. of Gendering the Crusades. Susan B. Edgington and Sarah Lambert, eds., Arthuriana 14.3 (Fall 2004): 99-100.
-------. Rev. of Women in the Middle Ages: An Encyclopedia. Eds. Katharina A. Wilson and Nadia Margolis. Arthuriana 16.2 (Summer 2006): 109-110.
Bartlett, Anne C. 'Cracking the Penile Code: Reading Gender and Conquest in the AlliterativeMorte Arthure. ' Arthuriana 8.2 (Summer 1998): 56-76.
Abstract: The Alliterative Morte Arthure encompasses a wide range of erotic configurations that derive meaning by conflating the languages of love and war. This essay examines the poem 's representations of late medieval English erotic practices and codes. (ACB)
-------. Rev. of Medieval Conduct. Kathleen Ashley and Robert L.A. Clark, eds., Arthuriana12.3 (Fall 2002): 109-111.
Batt, Catherine. 'Malory and Rape. ' Arthuriana 7.3 (Fall 1997): 78-99.
Abstract: This essay uses literary, legal, and historical contexts for rape to illuminate how and why Malory forcefully deploys such issues in his focus on Lancelot in Le Morte Darthur. (CB)
Beal, Rebecca S. 'Arthur as the Bearer of Civilization: The Alliterative Morte Arthure, ll. 901-19. ' Arthuriana 5.4 (Winter 1995): 33-44.
Abstract: In the Alliterative Morte Arthure, Arthur 's armor marks him as a product of his civilization, the antithesis of the lawlessness embodied in the giant of Mont St. Michel. The arming scene both elevates Arthur morally and establishes his civilization 's primacy over that of the Romans. (RSB)
Beatie, Bruce A. 'Arthurian Films and Arthurian Texts: Problems of Reception and Comprehension. ' AInt 2.2 (Spring 1988): 65-78.
Abstract: A mediator between delight and challenge lies in the Arthurian film, a genre that has as a whole been ignored both by Arthurian scholars and film critics, though infrequently Arthurian films have been the object of much critical attention. Since 1921, twenty- seven theatrical and television films have used the tales of King Arthur and his knights either as direct source or as background. Many of these films can serve to illustrate directly the problems posed by conventions and preconceptions. As phenomena of the popular culture with which media-oriented students are familiar, they also provide a more immediate and profound means of access to the sometimes difficult works of the Arthurian literary tradition which, at least to the modern student, are clearly phenomena of 'high ' culture. (BAB)
Beattie, Blake. Rev. of A Short History of the Middle Ages. Barbara H. Rosenwein.Arthuriana 12.3 (Fall 2002): 157-159.
Bednar, Maryanne R.. Rev. of The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp. By Rick Yancey. Arthuriana 17.3 (Fall 2007): 124-125.
Bell, Kimberly. 'Merlin as Historian in Geoffrey of Monmouth 's Historia Regum Britannie. ' Arthuriana 10.1 (Spring 2000): 14-26.
Abstract: Geoffrey of Monmouth uses the figure of Merlin to reveal metafictional levels of meaning in the HRB in order to foreground the historian 's role in shaping perceptions of history. (KB)
Benkov, Edith J. Rev. of Jaufre: An Occitan Arthurian Romance. Trans. and ed. Ross G. Arthur. Arthuriana 4.1 (Spring 1994): 90-92.
Benson, C. David. Rev. of 'Songes of Rechelesnesse ': Langland and the Franciscans. By Lawrence M. Clopper. Arthuriana 10.1 (Spring 2000): 132-33.
Berthelot, Anne. 'Merlin and the Ladies of the Lake. ' Arthuriana 10.1 (Spring 2000): 55-82.
Abstract: The figure of Merlin has in most texts a close relationship with a feminine character, either Morgue or the Lady of the Lake. While Morgue is often depicted as a negative figure, the Lady of the Lake is described as a positive force in the Arthurian world.Technically, however, both characters tend to replace Merlin as the embodiment of magic and wisdom in the 13th century romances. (AB)
-------. Rev. of Pour un tombeau de Merlin: Due barde à la poésie modern. By Yves Vadé.Arthuriana 18.3 (Fall 2008): 92.
-------. Rev. of La Mesnie Hellequin en conte et en rime: Mémoire mythique et poétique de la recomposition. By Karin Ueltschi. Arthuriana 20.3 (Fall 2010): 130-31.
-------. Rev. of La légende du roi Arthur, 550–1250. By Martin Aurell. Arthuriana 20.4 (Winter 2010): 99-100
Besserman, Lawrence. Rev. of A Manual of the Writings in Middle English, 1050-1500. Vol. 9: XXII, XXIII and XXIV. Gen.Ed. by Albert E. Hartung. Arthuriana 5.1 (Autumn 1995): 84-87.
Bisson, Lillian M.. Rev. of Pilgrimage: The English Experience from Becket to Bunyan. Colin Morris and Peter Roberts, eds. Arthuriana 14.3 (Fall 2004): 103-104.
Blacker, Jean. 'Where Wace Feared to Tread: Latin Commentaries on Merlin 's Prophecies in the Reign of Henry II. ' Arthuriana 6.1 (Spring 1996): 36-52.
Abstract: Political rather than aesthetic considerations led Wace to omit Merlin 's prophecies from the Roman de Brut (c. 1155). Anti-Norman overtones in John of Cornwall 's Prophetia Merlini (c. 1153-54) suggest that Wace 's fears of presenting political apocalyptic to a royal audience may not have been unfounded. (JB)
-------. Rev. of Codex and Context: Reading Old French Verse Narrative in Manuscript.By Keith Busby. Arthuriana 14.2 (Summer 2004): 85-87.
-------. 'Anglo-Norman Verse Prophecies of Merlin.' Arthuriana 15.1 (Spring 2005): 1-125.
-------. Rev. of Les prophéties de Merlin et la culture politique (XIIe – XVIe siècle). By Catherine Daniel. Arthuriana 20.4 (Winter 2010):101-02.
Blaetz, Robin. Rev. of For Fear of the Fire: Joan of Arc and the Limits of Subjectivity. Francoise Meltzer. Arthuriana 12.3 (Fall 2002): 143-144.
Blanch, Robert J. 'George Romero 's Knightriders: A Contemporary Arthurian Romance. 'QetF 1.4 (Winter 1991): 61-69.
Abstract: Written and directed by George A. Romero, Knightriders provides a serious twentieth-century portrait of medieval life, a rendition of Arthurian lore as a living legend. Representing a unique cinematic vision of a contemporary Camelot, Romero 's movie focuses upon an itinerant performing troupe, which supports itself by staging medieval/Renaissance fairs in numerous Pennsylvania towns. Such pageants include artisans displaying their wares, musicians playing medieval airs, and armored jousters-bikers riding steel steeds (Harley-Davidsons and Yamahas), not horses. (RJB) [co-author: Julian N. Wasserman.]
-------. Rev. of The Arthurian Myth of Quest and Magic. Ed., William E. Tanner.Arthuriana 6.2 (Summer 1996): 113-115.
-------. 'Fear of Flyting: The Absence of Internal Tension in Sword of the Valiant and First Knight. ' Arthuriana 10.4 (Winter 2000): 15-32. (Co-author: Julean N. Wassamon)
Abstract: Despite the dramatic potential inherent in their Arthurian subject matter, Sword of the Valiant and First Knight are films which fail with both audiences and critics precisely because both films fail to include the internal tensions which are present in their respective medieval sources. (RJB/JNW)
-------. Rev. of Timeline. By Michael Crichton. Arthuriana 10.4 (Winter 2000): 69-71.
-------. Rev. of Gawain and the Green Knight. Films for the Humanities and Sciences.Arthuriana 8.3 (Fall 1998): 124-126.
Blanchard, Laura. Rev. of The Arthurian Tradition: The Myths and Realities of Arthurian Legends. Arthuriana 8.4 (Winter 1998): 171-173.
Blanton, Virginia. '‘Don’t worry, I won’t let them rape you’: Guinevere’s Agency in Jerry Bruckheimer’s King Arthur. ' Arthuriana 15.3 (Fall 2005): 91-112.
Abstract: By examining the production and reception of Knightley's Guinevere in King Arthur, this essay demonstrates how the portrayal addresses a contemporary audience. (VB)
-------.'‘…the queen in Amysbery, a nunne in whyght clothys and black…’: Guinevere’s Asceticism and Penance in Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur' Arthuriana 20.1 (Spring 2010): 52-75.
Abstract: This essay examines Malory’s presentation of Guenevere’s ascetic choices as abbess and considers how her behavior resonates with the choices of royal widows like Eleanor of Provence and her patronage of Amesbury. (VB)