Arthurian Legend in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries by Austin, Susan L.

Arthurian Legend in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries

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The King Arthur we imagine did not exist in history. He is the result of stories told and retold, changed and added to by storytellers for centuries, each making the story reflect the storyteller's time and values.

The chapters in this book look at movies, manga, comic books, a television show, and traditional books released since 1960 to explore some of the ways King Arthur has been reimagined in the past 60 years. Interpreting Avalon High and The Kind Who Would Be King, Camelot 3000 and King Arthur vs. Dracula, Fate/Zero, John Steinbeck's The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights, the influence of Arthurian legend on Harry Potter, Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King, John Boorman's Excalibur, Jerry Zucker's First Knight, Antoine Fuqua's King Arthur, Guy Ritchie's King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword, Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service, Iris Murdoch's The Time of the Angels, and the BBC series Merlin, the authors find that while we are still interested in the idea of King Arthur, we may also want his story to be more racially and gender inclusive, less elitist, and in some cases, more secular.

Author: Susan L. Austin
Publisher: Vernon Press
Published: 09/09/2021
Pages: 184
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.89lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9781622739479

About the Author
Austin, Susan L.: - Susan Austin has worked at Landmark College, Vermont, for over a decade. There, she pursues her research interests, which include film adaptations of literature and modern and contemporary fiction. She teaches a course that uses Arthurian and related materials as sources for analysis and synthesis essays, and then sends students off to research and write about related topics in literature, history, archaeology, science, and popular culture. She holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Associate Professor Austin has presented several papers at the Northeastern Modern Language Association Conference in the last decade and she has chaired five sessions, one of which is the basis for this volume.

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