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The King Arthur Myth in Modern American Literature

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In American fiction, two forms of the Arthurian myth are commonly found: the use of the myth for political reasons, and the use of the myth for the continuation of an aesthetic tradition that can be traced back to the earliest use of the Arthurian cycle by writers in the British Isles. This work traces the use of the legend from Mark Twains A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court to Donald Barthelmes novel The King. It discusses how Twain used the myth to take a stand against England, how it served cultural and aesthetic purposes in John Steinbecks writing, how Raymond Chandler used it in complex texts with less obvious Arthurian allusions that carried strong cultural and even political associations, how John Gardner used aspects of the myth to embellish already existing narrative structures and to underscore philosophic debates, and how Donald Barthelme suggests the continuing interest of American

Product Details

ISBN:
9780786411719
Author:
Mathis, Andrew E.
Publisher:
McFarland & Company
Location:
Jefferson, N.C.
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
Arthurian romances
Subject:
Knights and knighthood in literature
Subject:
Kings and rulers in literature
Subject:
Middle Ages in literature.
Subject:
Medievalism.
Subject:
American fiction -- 19th century.
Subject:
American fiction -- 20th century.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
01-7
Publication Date:
20011131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
ix, 158 p.
Dimensions:
8.92x6.00x.49 in. .62 lbs.

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