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Author Armstrong, Dorsey, 1970-
Title Mapping Malory [electronic resource] : regional identities and national geographies in Le Morte Darthur / Dorsey Armstrong, Kenneth Hodges
Imprint Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan : [distributor] Not Avail, 2014
book jacket
Edition 1st ed
Descript 248 p. : 1 figures, 9 maps
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Series Arthurian and courtly cultures
Note Electronic book text
Epublication based on: 9781137034854, 2014
Introduction: Places of Romance 1. Mapping Malory's Morte: The (Physical) Place and (Narrative) Space of Cornwall-- Dorsey Armstrong 2. Of Wales and Women: Guenevere's Sister and the Isles-- Kenneth Hodges 3. Sir Gawain, Scotland, Orkney-- Kenneth Hodges 4. Trudging toward Rome, Drifting toward Sarras-- Dorsey Armstrong 5. Why Malory's Launcelot Is Not French:Region, Nation, and Political Identity-- Kenneth Hodges Conclusion: Malory's Questing Beast and the Geography of the Arthurian World-- Dorsey Armstrong
Medievalists are increasingly grappling with spatial studies. This timely book argues that geography is a crucial element in Sir Thomas Malory's M orte Darthur and contributors shine a light on questions of politics and genre to help readers better understand Malory's world. This book redraws the map of Arthurian studies. Challenging the common understanding of Malory's Morte Darthur as a celebration of an expansionist, united England, this book's closer attention to geography and regional identities brings out political subtexts about the heterogeneous nature of Britain. Transforming the understanding of Arthur and his major knights by placing them in their regional home territories, this approach shows a fractured and far-flung Britain. The careers of the famous knights have a geopolitical logic, defined not just by the big kingdoms of Scotland, Wales, France, and England, but also by smaller territories such as Orkney, Cornwall, and the Isles. Under constant pressure, knights' regional identities are formed by negotiation with other territories and with imagined histories that stretch as far as Rome and Sarras. The complex relations among places result in a far more contested and variegated form of nationalism than expected in the transition from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern period
By tracking the complex ways that questions of space and geography inform Le Morte Darthur, Dorsey Armstrong and Kenneth Hodges have generated a striking reassessment of Malory's great work. Gracefully written, amply researched, and persuasively argued, Mapping Malory: Regional Identities and National Geographies in Le Morte Darthur should be on the reading list of anyone seeking a fuller understanding of Arthurian literature. - Kathy Lavezzo, Associate Professor of English, The University of Iowa, USA Through exemplary collaboration, Dorsey Armstrong and Kenneth Hodges become the first critics effectively to describe Malorian geography, an archipelagic space mapped between ambitious Arthurian centralizing and complexly hybrid localisms. Original, sophisticated, refreshing, and highly recommended. - David Wallace, Judith Rodin Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania, USA, and author of Premodern Places: Calais to Surinam, Chaucer to Aphra Behn
Dorsey Armstrong is Associate Professor of English at Purdue University, USA. She is the author of Gender and the Chivalric Community in Malory's Morte d'Arthur, the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Arthuriana, and has published numerous articles on Malory and the Arthurian tradition. Kenneth Hodges is Associate Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma, USA. He is the author of Forging Chivalric Communities in Malory's Morte d'Arthur and has published articles on Malory, Spenser, and other medieval and early modern authors
Subject Malory, Thomas, Sir. Morte d'Arthur
Malory, Thomas, Sir. -- Criticism and interpretation
Malory, Thomas, Sir. -- Geography
Arthurian romances -- History and criticism
Geography in literature -- History -- To 1500
Geography in literature
Nationalism in literature -- History -- To 1500
Nationalism in literature
Politics in literature -- History -- To 1500
Politics in literature
Regionalism in literature -- History -- To 1500
Regionalism in literature
Romances, English -- History and criticism
Literary studies: classical, early & medieval -- c 1000 CE to c 1500. bicssc
Literature. ukslc
England -- In literature -- History -- To 1500
England -- In literature
Alt Author Hodges, Kenneth
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