Tuesday, August 11, 2009

MMSM: Cinema Arthuriana: 20 Essays now in paperback

I missed this the other day. McFarland is re-releasing Kevin J. Harty's collection Cinema Arthuriana: Twenty Essays in a paperback edition later this year. The hardcover edition (2002) and Harty's earlier collection King Arthur on Film (1999) both now seem to be out of print, though Barne&Noble.com does have copies of both in stock as of today and Amazon.com has copies avaiable of King Arthur on Film.

Cinema Arthuriana: Twenty Essays, rev. ed.
Edited by Kevin J. Harty

ISBN 978-0-7864-4683-4
photos, notes, filmography, bibliography, index
317pp. softcover (7 x 10) 2009 [2002]
Price: $49.95
Not Yet Published, Available Fall/Winter 2009

The legends of King Arthur have not only endured for centuries, but also flourished in constant retellings and new stories built around the central themes of the legends. Clearly, soon after movie-making was underway, Arthur was destined to hit the screen.

This revised edition of Cinema Arthuriana presents 20 essays on the topic of the recurring presence of the legend of King Arthur in film and television from 1904 to 2001. Four of the essays included are taken directly from the previous edition, ten are revised from the original, and six are newly written. The essays cover such films as Excalibur (1981), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), television productions up to the televised version of The Mists of Avalon (2001), and French and German films about the Quest for the Holy Grail and the other adventures of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Table of Contents (Rpt=Reprint; Rev=Revised)
Preface 1
The Contributors 3
1) Cinema Arthuriana: An Overview (Rev)--Kevin J. Harty 7
2) Mythopoeia in Excalibur (Rpt)--Norris J. Lacy 34
3) Fire, Water, Rock: Elements of Setting in John Boorman's Excalibur and Steve Barron's Merlin (Rev)--Muriel Whitaker 44
4) Morgan and the Problem of Incest (Rev)--Jacqueline de Weever 54
5) An Enemy in Our Midst: The Black Knight and the American Dream(Rpt)--Alan Lupack 64
6) Tortilla Flat and the Arthurian View--John Christopher Kleis 71
7) The Retreat from Camelot: Adapting Bernard Malamud's The Natural to Film--Barbara Tepa Lupack 80
8) Cinematic American Camelots Lost and Found: The Film Versions of Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court and George Romero's Knightriders (Rev)--Kevin J. Harty 96
9) The Ironic Tradition in Four Arthurian Films (Rpt)--Raymond H. Thompson 110
10)Two Films That Sparkle: The Sword in the Stone and Camelot (Rev)--Alice Grellner 118
11) Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Madness with a Definite Method--David D. Day 127
12) Not Dead Yet: Monty Python and the Holy Grail in the Twenty-first Century--Donald L. Hoffman 136
13) The Arthurian Legend in French Cinema: Robert Bresson's Lancelot du Lac and Eric Rohmer's Perceval le Gallois (Rev)--Jeff Rider et al. 149
14) From Stage to Screen: The Dramatic Compulsion in French Cinema and Denis Llorca's Les Chevaliers de la table ronde (1990)--Sandra Gorgievski 163
15) Blank, Syberberg, and the German Arthurian Tradition (Rpt)--Ulrich Müller 177
16) Gawain on Film (The Remake): Thames Television Strikes Back (Rev)--Robert J. Blanch and Julian N. Wasserman 185
17) Will the "Reel" Mordred Please Stand Up? Strategies for Representing Mordred in American and British Arthurian Film--Michael A. Torregrossa 199
18) Filming the Tristan Myth (Rev)--Meradith T. McMunn 211
19) Fable and Poesie in Cocteau's L'Eternel Retour (1943)--Joan Tasker Grimbert 220
20) Arms and Armor in Arthurian Films (Rev)--Helmut Nickel 235
21) Cinema Arthuriana: A Comprehensive Filmography and Bibliography (Rev)--Kevin J. Harty 252
Index 303

About the Author
Kevin J. Harty is professor and chair of English at La Salle University in Philadelphia and associate editor of Arthuriana, the official journal of the North American Branch of the International Arthurian Society, of which he is also the vice president. He is the author or editor of eleven books on such topics as film and medieval studies.

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