Saturday, August 8, 2009

MMSM: New books from D. S. Brewer (2006-2010)

Information on six recent and forthcoming books from D. S. Brewer. Ordering information and the complete Boydell & Brewer catalog is online.

A History of Arthurian Scholarship
Edited by Norris J. Lacy

Pages: 304
Size: 23.4 x 15.6 cm
13 digit ISBN: 9781843840695
Binding: Hardback
First published: 16/Feb/2006
Price: 95.00 USD / 50.00 GBP
Imprint: D. S. Brewer
Series: Arthurian Studies

This book offers the first comprehensive and analytical account of the development of Arthurian scholarship from the eighteenth century, or earlier, to the present day. The chapters, each written by an expert in the area under discussion, present scholarly trends and evaluate major contributions to the study of the numerous different strands which make up the Arthurian material: origins, Grail studies, editing and translation of Arthurian texts, medieval and modern literatures (in English and European languages), art and film. The result is an indispensable resource for students and a valuable guide for anyone with a serious interest in the Arthurian legend.

1 Arthurian Origins
Christopher A. Snyder
2 The Search for Sources: The Case of the Grail
Richard W Barber
3 Editing Arthuriana
Tony Hunt
4 Translation of Medieval Arthurian Literature
Norris J Lacy
5 Latin Arthurian Literature
Sian Echard
6 Welsh Arthurian Literature
Gerald Morgan
7 Medieval French Literature
Keith Busby and Jane H. M. Taylor
8 Medieval German Arthurian Literature
Albrecht Classen
9 Middle English Arthurian Literature
Roger Dalrymple
10 Medieval Dutch Literature
Bart Besamusca
11 Scandinavian Arthurian Literature
Marianne Kalinke
12 Hispanic Arthurian Literature
Barbara D Miller
13 Italian Arthurian Literature
Christopher Kleinhenz
14 Early Arthurian Art
Muriel Whitaker
15 Modern Arthurian Art
Jeanne Fox-Friedman
16 Modern Literature in English
Daniel P Nastali
17 Cinema Arthuriana
Kevin J Harty

Radio Camelot: Arthurian Legends on the BBC, 1922-2005
Roger Simpson

35 b/w illustrations
Pages: 222
Size: 23.4 x 15.6 cm
13 digit ISBN: 9781843841401
Binding: Hardback
First published: 14/Nov/2007
Price: 95.00 USD / 50.00 GBP
Imprint: D. S. Brewer
Series: Arthurian Studies

Radio has been an important medium for the recreation of the Arthurian legend, reshaping the Matter of Britain in response to changing social and cultural contexts through adapting the traditional material and developing new genres. This pioneering study, drawing on unpublished sources in the BBC Written Archives, uncovers a wealth of material that greatly expands the Arthurian canon. It is both a lively but authoritative record, and critical evaluation, of broadcast music, drama, literature (from medieval to modern), and documentary feature programmes.In particular, the author provides a full account of the growth of Arthurian radio drama, which evolved from D. G. Bridson's patriotic pre-war King Arthur, via fascinations with the Holy Grail and the Lady of Shalott, to its flowering in the 1990s with Kevin Crossley-Holland's Arthur's Knight. Along the way he traces Tolkien's and T. H. White's involvement with the BBC, and reveals radio's role in widening access to the Arthurian operas of Purcell and Wagner. The text is complemented by contemporary illustrations from the Radio Times.


1 1922-1939: `Loud-speakers in Lyonesse'
2 1940-1959: `The envy of the world'
3 1960-1979: `The old order changeth, yielding place to new'
4 1980-2005: `Wave after wave'
5 1980-2005: `Arthur is come again...he cannot die'
6 Conclusion

ROGER SIMPSON, who previously taught English and British Studies at the University of East Anglia, is the author of Camelot Regained and numerous articles about the Arthurian Revival.

Illustrating Camelot
Barbara Tepa Lupack

With Alan Lupack

32 colour illustrations
46 b/w illustrations
Pages: 296
Size: 24.4 x 17.2
13 digit ISBN: 9781843841838
Binding: Hardback
First published: 16/Oct/2008
Price: 60.00 USD / 25.00 GBP
Imprint: D. S. Brewer
Series: Arthurian Studies

Arthurian book illustration, which came into its own in the Arthurian Revival of the nineteenth century and began to flourish as an important art form, has done more than any other visual art to shape notions of King Arthur and his court and to introduce the legends to the widest possible audience. Yet to date there has been no comprehensive study of Arthurian illustration. Illustrating Camelot fills this critical gap, by examining the special collaboration between illustrators and authors and exploring the ways that the best Arthurian illustrators move beyond mere reproduction to become interpretive readers of the texts they embellish. In versions that range from illustrated editions of Tennyson's Idylls of the King to the numerous editions and popular children's retellings of Malory's Morte d'Arthur and in forms that range from Julia Margaret Cameron's landmark photographic portraits to Russell Flint's lush watercolours, from Gustave Doré's Gothic-styled engravings to Howard Pyle's American-inspired drawings, these illustrators - as this pioneering volume demonstrates - not only reinterpret the timeless tales but also reflect the values of their age. Richly illustrated with both colour and black and white plates, the book will appeal to anyone interested in the stories of King Arthur and the world of Camelot.

1 Gustave Doré
2 Julia Margaret Cameron
3 Dan Beard
4 Aubrey Beardsley
5 Jessie M. King
6 Sir W. Russell Flint
7 Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale
8 Walter Crane
9 Arthur Rackham
10 Lancelot Speed
11 Howard Pyle
12 Hudson Talbott
13 Anna-Marie Ferguson
14 Bibliography
15 Index

BARBARA TEPA LUPACK is former Academic Dean at SUNY and Fulbright Professor of American Literature in Poland and France.

Seamus Heaney and Medieval Poetry
Conor McCarthy

Pages: 204
Size: 23.4 x 15.6 cm
13 digit ISBN: 9781843841418
Binding: Hardback
First published: 21/Feb/2008
Price: 90.00 USD / 45.00 GBP
Imprint: D. S. Brewer

13 digit ISBN: 9781843842064
Binding: Paperback
First published: 15/Oct/2009
Price: 37.95 USD / 19.99 GBP
Imprint: D. S. Brewer

Seamus Heaney's engagement with medieval literature constitutes a significant body of work by a major poet that extends across four decades, including a landmark translation of Beowulf. This book, the first to look exclusively at this engagement, examines both Heaney's direct translations and his adaptation of medieval material in his original poems. Each of the four chapters focuses substantially on a single major text: Sweeney Astray (1983), Station Island (1984), Beowulf (1999) and The Testament of Cresseid (2004). The discussion examines Heaney's translation practice in relation to source texts from a variety of languages (Irish, Italian, Old English, and Middle Scots) from across the medieval period, and also in relation to Heaney's own broader body of work. It suggests that Heaney's translations and adaptations give a contemporary voice to medieval texts, bringing the past to bear upon contemporary concerns both personal and political.


1 Sweeney Astray
2 Station Island
3 Beowulf
4 The Testament of Cresseid
5 Conclusion

CONOR MCCARTHY gained his PhD from Trinity College Dublin.

And, the latest from the Studies in Medievalism series:

Defining Medievalism(s) (Studies in Medievalism XVII)
Edited by Karl Fugelso

Pages: 264
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
13 digit ISBN: 9781843841845
Binding: Hardback
First published: 18/Jan/2009
Price: 90.00 USD / 45.00 GBP
Imprint: D. S. Brewer
Series: Studies in Medievalism

Medievalism has been attracting considerable scholarly attention in recent years. But it is also suffering from something of an identity crisis. Where are its chronological and geographical boundaries? How does it relate to the Middle Ages? Does it comprise neomedievalism, pseudomedievalism, and other `medievalisms'?

Studies in Medievalism XVII directly addresses these and related questions via a series of specially-commissioned essays from some of the most well-known scholars in the field; they explore its origins, survey the growth of the subject, and attempt various definitions. The volume then presents seven articles that often test the boundaries of medievalism: they look at echoes of medieval bestiaries in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter books, the influence of the Niebelungenlied on Wagner's Ring cycle, representations of King Alfred in two works by Dickens, medieval tropes in John Bale's Reformist plays, authenticity in Sigrid Undset's novel Kristin Lavransdatter, incidental medievalism in Handel's opera Rodelinda, and editing in the audio version of Seamus Heaney's Beowulf.

Editorial Note
Karl Fugelso
1 The Founding and the Founder: Medievalism and the Legacy of Leslie J. Workman
Kathleen Verduin
2 Medievalism: Its Linguistic History in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Clare Simmons
3 Medievalism and Medieval Reception: A Terminological Question
Nils Holger Petersen
4 Medievalisms and Why They Matter
Tom Shippey
5 Medievalism, Authority, and the Academy
Gwendolyn Morgan
6 The Tropes of Medievalism
M J Toswell
7 Medievalism and the Middle Ages
Elizabeth Emery
8 Medievalism from Here
Karl Fugelso
9 A Steam-Whistle Modernist?: Representations of King Alfred in Dickens's A Child's History of England and The Battle of Life
Emily Walker Heady
10 Writing Medieval Women [and Men]: Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter
Mark B. Spencer
11 J.K. Rowling's Medieval Bestiary
Gail Orgelfinger
12 Seamus Heaney's Audio Beowulf: An Analysis of the Omissions
Douglas Ryan VanBenthuysen
13 The King's Phantom: Staging Majesty in Bale's Kynge Johan
Thea Cervone
14 Rodelinda Goes Opera: The Lombard Queen's Journey from Medieval Backstage to Händel's "dramma per musica"
W Wunderlich
15 The Ring of the Nibelung and the Nibelungenlied: Wagner's Ambiguous Relationship to a Source
Edward Haymes
16 Notes on Contributors

Defining Medievalism(s) II (Studies in Medievalism XVIII)
Edited by Karl Fugelso

10 b/w illustrations
Pages: 302
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
13 digit ISBN: 9781843842101
First published: 21/Jan/2010
Price: 90.00 USD / 45.00 GBP
Imprint: D. S. Brewer
Series: Studies in Medievalism

This latest volume of Studies in Medievalism further explores definitions of the field, complementing its landmark predecessor. In its first section, essays by seven leading medievalists seeks to determine precisely how to characterize the subjects of study, their relationship to new and related fields, such as neomedievalism, and their relevance to the middle ages, whose definition is itself a matter of debate.Their observations and conclusions are then tested in the articles second part of the book. Their topics include the notion of progress over the last eighty or ninety years in our perception of the middle ages; medievalism in Gustave Doré's mid-nineteenth-century engravings of the Divine Comedy; the role of music in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films; cinematic representations of the Holy Grail; the medieval courtly love tradition in Jeanette Winterson's The Passion and The.Powerbook; Eleanor of Aquitaine in twentieth-century histories; modern updates of the Seven Deadly Sins; and Victorian spins on Jacques de Voragine's Golden Legend.

Editorial Note
Karl Fugelso
1 Medievalism as Fun and Games
Veronica Ortenberg West-Harling
2 Medievalism and Excluded Middles
Nick Haydock
3 Medievalitas Fugit: Medievalism and Temporality
Richard Utz
4 Medievalists, Medievalism and Medievalismists: The Middle Ages, Protean Thinking, and the Opportunistic Teacher-Scholar
E L Risden
5 Living with Neomedievalism
Carol L. Robinson and Pamela Clements
6 Tough Love: Teaching the New Medievalisms
Jane Chance
7 Is Medievalism Reactionary From between the World Wars to the Twenty-First Century: On the Notion of Progress in our Perception of the Middle Ages
Alain Corbellari
8 Gustave Doré's illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy: Innovation, Influence, and Reception
Aida Audeh
9 Soundscapes of Middle Earth: The Question of Medievalist Music in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Films
Stephen Meyer
10 Now You Don't See It, Now You Do: Recognizing the Grail as the Grail
Roberta Davidson
11 From the Middle Ages to the Internet Age: The Medieval Courtly Love Tradition in Jeanette Winterson's The Passion and The Powerbook
Carla A. Arnell
12 New Golden Legends: Golden Saints of the Nineteenth Century
Clare Simmons
13 A Remarkable Woman? Popular Historians and the Image of Eleanor of Aquitaine
Michael Evans
14 The New Seven Deadly Sins
Carol Jamison

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