The central figure of the medieval world, King Arthur has captivated literary imaginations from the Middle Ages to the present. This book includes extended entries on more than 30 writers in the Arthurian tradition. Arranged chronologically and written by expert contributors, the entries trace the pervasive influence of Arthurian legend from the Middle Ages to the present.
Each entry provides biographical information, a discussion of the writer's use of Arthurian legend and contribution to the Arthurian literary tradition, and a bibliography of primary and secondary material. The volume begins with an introductory overview and closes with a discussion of Arthurian lore in art, along with suggestions for further reading. Students will gain a better understanding of the Middle Ages and the lasting significance of the medieval world on contemporary culture.
Laura Cooner Lambdin is a Lecturer in Management at the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business. With Robert Thomas Lambdin, she has published Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature (2000), Chaucer's Pilgrims (1996), A Companion to Jane Austen Studies (2000), A Companion to Old and Middle English Literature (2002), and Camelot in the Nineteenth Century (2000), all available from Greenwood Press.
Robert Thomas Lambdin teaches in the Management Department at the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business. With Laura Cooner Lambdin, he has published Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature (2000), Chaucer's Pilgrims (1996), A Companion to Jane Austen Studies (2000), A Companion to Old and Middle English Literature (2002), and Camelot in the Nineteenth Century (2000), all available from Greenwood Press.
The volume contains individual entries for each of Chaucer's pilgrims, and the entries share a similar format to foster comparison. Each entry includes three parts. First, the pilgrim's profession is discussed in terms of the daily routine of the medieval occupation. Second, the vocation is examined in terms of its reflection in the tale told by the pilgrim. Third, the vocation and the tale are discussed, when possible, in relation to the descriptions of the characters provided in the General Prologue. Each entry includes a bibliography, and the volume concludes with a list of works for further reading.
Austen's works are fraught with ambiguity. Because she was adept at displaying numerous aspects of an issue, her writings invite multiple interpretations. In light of the ambiguity of her texts, each of her major works is approached from a reader-response perspective, in which an expert contributor illuminates the reader's relationship to her writing. And because so many readers have had such varied responses to her novels, the volume also includes chapters summarizing the critical response to each of her major works. In addition, the book includes separate chapters on her poems, letters, and prayers.