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« Topic Start: February 20, 2010, 03:37:32 pm »

Title: The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend
Author(s): Lupack, Alan
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 019921509X
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From The Medieval Review:
Authors and readers both must come to any new book about Arthurian Legend, especially an ambitious overview of the tradition, with the same question: is this book on Arthur really necessary? Certainly Alan Lupack shows that he is aware of this question as he presents The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend for our consideration. He knows he must establish a niche for such a project, in company with, for example, Norris Lacy's The New Arthurian Encyclopedia, or the indispensible Arthurian Handbook by Lacy, Geoffrey Ashe, and Debra Mancoff, or such general surveys as Derek Pearsall's excellent 2003 Arthurian Romance: A Short Introduction. Lupack's Guide necessarily covers much of the same ground as these books, and no doubt it can and will be used much the same way as a handbook or a survey, but he makes clear that his guidebook is something different. While he makes the disclaimer that the "purpose of this guide is not to attempt to treat every Arthurian work that exists" (4), he also says his aim is that "the book as a whole may serve as a critical history of the Arthurian legend" (6). To achieve this end, he combines the comprehensiveness of the Encyclopedia, the convenience of the Handbook, and the discursiveness of Pearsall's Introduction in order to cover the entire breadth of Arthurian Legend from the earliest days to the late 20th century.

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Additional Description:
The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend is both a critical history of the Arthurian tradition and a reference guide to Arthurian works, names, characters, symbols, and places. Seven essays offer a comprehensive survey of the legends in all of their manifestations, from their origins in medieval literature to their adaptation in modern literature, arts, film, and popular culture. It also demonstrates the tremendous continuity of the legends by examining the ways that they have been reinterpreted over the years. The indispensable reference on the subject, it also contains encyclopedic entries, bibliographies, and a comprehensive index. The extensive chapter-by-chapter bibliographies, which are subdivided by topic, augment the general bibliography of Arthurian resources.
Comprehensive in its analysis and hypertextual in its approach, the Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend is an essential reference book for Arthurian scholars, medievalists, and for those interested in cultural studies of myth and legend.

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