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Author Topic: The Grail, the Quest, and the World of Arthur (Arthurian Studies) (Hardcover)  (Read 1859 times) Average Rating: 0
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Title: The Grail, the Quest, and the World of Arthur (Arthurian Studies) (Hardcover)
Author(s): Norris J. Lacy (Author, Editor)
Publisher: D.S.Brewer
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 1843841703
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From The Medieval Review:
Eight of the twelve contributions (not counting the editor's introduction) began as papers delivered at the First Annual Heritage Studies Conference at Penn State University in March, 2007, "The Grail, the Quest and the World of Arthur"; four were solicited by the editor. Both the editor and the press are to be applauded for having produced a handsome volume, with fifty-four beautifully reproduced color plates (primarily manuscript illuminations) and an extraordinarily useful chart which accompanies Richard Barber's contribution (chapter 12), in timely fashion. However, students and scholars interested in the French tradition (whose texts make up the bulk of medieval Arthurian fiction invoking the Grail) may be disappointed in that few essays deal directly with texts in that tradition (and perhaps that should somehow have been indicated in the title of the book, or by a subtitle). Also, some of the contributions do not touch on the Grail quest specifically (or on "the" Grail, or on any grail) but on other sorts of quests in Arthurian material. Despite these two potential drawbacks, readers will find in this collection a good number of compelling, original perspectives on a broad range of topic areas.

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The theme of the quest in Arthurian literature - mainly but not exclusively the Grail quest - is explored in the essays presented here, covering French, Dutch, Norse, German, and English texts. A number of the essays trace the relationship, often negative, between Arthurian chivalry and the Grail ethos. Whereas most of the contributors reflect on the popularity of the Grail quest, several examine the comparative rarity of the Grail in certain literatures and define the elaboration of quest motifs severed from the Grail material. An appendix to the volume offers a filmography that includes all the cinematic treatments of the Grail, either as central theme or minor motif. This book will appeal to students, scholars, and general readers fascinated by the Arthurian and Grail legends. CONTRIBUTORS: NORRIS J. LACY, ANTONIO FURTADO, WILL HASTY, RICHARD TRACHSLER, MARIANNE E. KALINKE, MARTINE MEUWESE, DAVID F. JOHNSON, PHILLIP BOARDMAN, CAROLINE D. ECKHARDT, P.J.C. FIELD, JAMES P. CARLEY, RICHARD BARBER, KEVIN J. HARTY

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