Session Title

The End of Merlin

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Société Internationale des Amis de Merlin

Organizer Name

Anne Berthelot

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Connecticut

Presider Name

Barbara Miller

Presider Affiliation

Univ. at Buffalo

Paper Title 1

Merlin's End in the Premiers faits du roi Arthur: A True Fairytale

Presenter 1 Name

Anne Berthelot

Paper Title 2

Merlin's Triumphant End in the Middle English Romance Of Arthour and of Merlin

Presenter 2 Name

Kathryn Walton

Presenter 2 Affiliation

York Univ.

Paper Title 3

Merlin's Suspension in Graal Théâtre, by Florence Delay and Jacques Roubaud

Presenter 3 Name

Florence Marsal

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Connecticut

Paper Title 4

A Saint or a Devil: Maugis and Merlin's Ends

Presenter 4 Name

Kathleen Jarchow

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of Connecticut

Start Date

14-5-2017 10:30 AM

Session Location

Bernhard 106

Description

Everybody knows that Merlin ends up being imprisoned in a cave by the enchantress whom he loves. Except, this is one ending to the character who goes by the name Merlin, but there are many variants, and details differ very much: where the French Didot-Perceval of the small Grail Cycle has Merlin go willingly into an esplumeoir (whatever this may be), the Spanish Baladro del Sabio Merlin has the devils come for a damned-forever Merlin. Where the Suite Vulgate presents a Niniane really in love with Merlin who locks him in the famous “prison of air” to keep him hers forever, and spends a lot of time with him after the imprisonment, the Suite Post-Vulgate depicts a man-hater Niviene putting to death her would-be lover in a most grueling way. This session will focus on the various endings of Merlin and his analogues (such as Lailoken undergoing the “triple death” usually prophesized to others by the prophet-enchanter), and the narrative principles that underline such choices.

Anne Berthelot

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May 14th, 10:30 AM

The End of Merlin

Bernhard 106

Everybody knows that Merlin ends up being imprisoned in a cave by the enchantress whom he loves. Except, this is one ending to the character who goes by the name Merlin, but there are many variants, and details differ very much: where the French Didot-Perceval of the small Grail Cycle has Merlin go willingly into an esplumeoir (whatever this may be), the Spanish Baladro del Sabio Merlin has the devils come for a damned-forever Merlin. Where the Suite Vulgate presents a Niniane really in love with Merlin who locks him in the famous “prison of air” to keep him hers forever, and spends a lot of time with him after the imprisonment, the Suite Post-Vulgate depicts a man-hater Niviene putting to death her would-be lover in a most grueling way. This session will focus on the various endings of Merlin and his analogues (such as Lailoken undergoing the “triple death” usually prophesized to others by the prophet-enchanter), and the narrative principles that underline such choices.

Anne Berthelot