Session Title

Arthurian Afterlives

Sponsoring Organization(s)

International Arthurian Society, North American Branch (IAS/NAB)

Organizer Name

Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand

Organizer Affiliation

Appalachian State Univ.

Presider Name

Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand

Paper Title 1

Joseph of Arimathea: From No Life to Fantastic Afterlife

Presenter 1 Name

Janina P. Traxler

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Manchester Univ.

Paper Title 2

Feirefiz, Ferumbras, and Finn: Motifs of the Converted Saracen in Parzival, The Sultan of Babylon, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Presenter 2 Name

Megan B. Abrahamson

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Missouri-Columbia

Paper Title 3

The Homeless, Apocalypse Survivors, Gamers, James Bond, and a Shark in King Arthur's Court: Recent Developments in Cinema Arthuriana

Presenter 3 Name

Kevin J. Harty

Presenter 3 Affiliation

La Salle Univ.

Paper Title 4

They Did the Mash; They Did the Arthurian Monster Mash: Mergers of the Matter of Britain and Lovecraft’s Cthulhuan Mythos

Presenter 4 Name

Michael A. Torregrossa

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture

Start Date

10-5-2019 1:30 PM

Session Location

Fetzer 1010

Description

Arthurian Afterlives - Session of papers

The dynamism, permutation and adaptation of popular narratives, the accumulation of afterlives, are well known to the middle ages. For this session, we borrow the term from Ashton and Kline’s recent volume entitled Medieval Afterlives in Popular Culture (Palgrave 2012). Given contemporary culture’s “enormous and continued fascination with the highly pleasurable myths of King Arthur and Robin Hood,” (4) Popular extension, adaptation, and appropriation have been a hallmark of Arthurian literature from its beginnings to the present day. For this session, we will seek 3-4 papers that address ways in which various aspects of Arthurian literature (figures, intertexts, themes, objects) have taken new and perhaps unexpected paths (music, film, the visual arts, new media). These new paths and new approaches to older literature allow audiences to invest variously in (re)claiming that older story. Whether medieval or post-medieval, Arthurian afterlives reveal creative responses across media, across genres, and across languages over time. Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand

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May 10th, 1:30 PM

Arthurian Afterlives

Fetzer 1010

Arthurian Afterlives - Session of papers

The dynamism, permutation and adaptation of popular narratives, the accumulation of afterlives, are well known to the middle ages. For this session, we borrow the term from Ashton and Kline’s recent volume entitled Medieval Afterlives in Popular Culture (Palgrave 2012). Given contemporary culture’s “enormous and continued fascination with the highly pleasurable myths of King Arthur and Robin Hood,” (4) Popular extension, adaptation, and appropriation have been a hallmark of Arthurian literature from its beginnings to the present day. For this session, we will seek 3-4 papers that address ways in which various aspects of Arthurian literature (figures, intertexts, themes, objects) have taken new and perhaps unexpected paths (music, film, the visual arts, new media). These new paths and new approaches to older literature allow audiences to invest variously in (re)claiming that older story. Whether medieval or post-medieval, Arthurian afterlives reveal creative responses across media, across genres, and across languages over time. Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand