The book discusses attempts to sanitize Arthurian literature
to make it more accessible to children, but Westall wrote best-sellers which included such dark themes as medieval child sacrifice (in The Stones of Muncaster Cathedral), suggesting perhaps that it is not the children who do not want to read about "dark" subjects, but the adults; and that some writers can accomplish a great novel on such material without any obvious display of sanitizing.
"Malory's Morte Darthur: A Politically Neutral English Adaptation of the Arthurian Story." Arthurian Literature
20 (2003): 145-69.
The American novelist, John Steinbeck - who also made a stab at writing Arthurian literature
- claimed the Victorians took all the toughness out.
in the Middle Ages: A Collaborative History.
(1) Si veda a questo proposito Arthurian Literature
in the Middle Ages, in particolare i capitoli a cura di Helaine Newstead ("The Origin and Growth of the Tristan Legend", 122-33) e Eugene Vinaver ("The Prose Tristan", 339-47).
A survey of Arthurian literature
and legend poses major organizational problems, since the material stretches from early Welsh verse and Latin chronicles to recent films and novels.
Scholars of Arthurian literature
in the United States have very few translations of medieval Italian texts with which to work, and to my knowledge only the Tavola ritonda has ever been translated into English (Tristan and the Round Table, trans.
Also discussed are the fascination and popularity of Arthurian literature
on fourteenth-century poets and public.
Peggy McCracken's "Chaste Subjects: Gender, Heroism, and Desire in the Grail Quest" is an important addition to the sexual scholarship of Arthurian literature
, just as Kathleen Biddick's "Translating the Foreskin" adds admirably to the scant material available on eunuchs in literature.
Although every essay has earned its place, they focus so closely on their individual topics that there is little interaction between them; perhaps only an ideal student on an Arthurian literature
course would read them all.
The thirteenth volume of Arthurian Literature
offers a particularly varied selection of contributions, with no fewer than eight items - four full-length articles, two notes (i.e., under 5000 words), and two updates (Julia Crick's 'Two Newly Located Manuscripts of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britannie', and A.
The character of Merlin in Arthurian literature
represents at several removes a figure from druidic tradition.