Arthurian Legend in the 20th & 21st Centuries
Vernon Press invites chapter proposals on Arthurian Legend in the 20th & 21st Centuries. The volume will be edited by Susan Austin, Associate Professor of English at Landmark College in Putney, VT.
Nostalgia for an imagined and glorious past has influenced the evolution of stories about King Arthur and his court for centuries. According to the moods and needs of the period, new characters were added to demonstrate or question the excellence of these paragons, or to replace those who had perhaps become too human or simply gone out of style. New plot motifs, such as the search for the grail and Lancelot’s love for Guinevere became part of the legend.
The past hundred years has brought the legend of King Arthur to Broadway, television, comedy, and Disney; countless authors have appropriated or reimagined the legend and elements from it. How have films, television shows, games, comics, and books for all audiences and ages employed Arthurian characters, themes, motifs, and plots? How have these changes reflected shifting cultural attitudes and values? What do recent retellings and appropriations of Arthurian legend tell us about ourselves and the generations immediately preceding us? How have these changes reflected shifting cultural attitudes and values? What do we want and need from King Arthur and his court?
Possible contributions may include the following topics (non-comprehensive list, open to suggestions):
- How do references to and re-imaginings of Arthurian legend appear in literature, film, television and popular culture in general from 1950 onward?
- How have films, games, comics, and books for all ages employed Arthurian characters, themes, motifs, and plots?
Deadline for proposals: July 1, 2018
How to submit your proposal
Please submit one-page proposals including an annotated summary, a short biographical note and (if available) a list of similar titles.
A paper that has been published previously may not be included.
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