Session Title

Beyond Guenevere and Morgan: Other Arthurian Queens

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Arthuriana

Organizer Name

Dorsey Armstrong

Organizer Affiliation

Arthuriana/Purdue Univ.

Presider Name

Dorsey Armstrong

Paper Title 1

Courtly Lovers and Bad Mothers: Ygerne in Of Arthour and of Merlin

Presenter 1 Name

Caitlin G. Watt

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Clemson Univ.

Paper Title 2

Isolde: Not Just Another Queen

Presenter 2 Name

Janina P. Traxler

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Manchester Univ.

Paper Title 3

"You can't sit with us!": Ygerne and Gendered Space in the Historia regum Britanniae and the Roman de Brut

Presenter 3 Name

Maggie Rebecca Myers

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Purdue Univ.

Paper Title 4

Magic, Manipulation, and Marriage: Lyonette, Lyonesse, and the Queen of Orkeney in Malory's "Tale of Sir Gareth"

Presenter 4 Name

Audrey Saxton

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Pennsylvania State Univ.

Start Date

8-5-2020 3:30 PM

Session Location

Sangren 1740

Description

Some of the most renowned characters in the Arthurian legend are the various queens who inspire knights to go off on adventures in pursuit of honor or love; other queens are sinister and malicious, challenging the knightly chivalric ethos and those who are its primary exemplars. Throughout the tradition of Arthurian literature, we find queens as complex and nuanced characters who can alternately—and even simultaneously—strong, independent, supportive, submissive, transgressional, contradictory, revolutionary, inspirational, and more. While Guenevere and Morgan le Fay are the two queens most often engaged in scholarly/critical analysis, this session seeks papers on lesser-studied/discussed Arthurian queens. We solicit papers that explore aspects of the “lesser Arthurian queens” from any particular Arthurian literary tradition (French, English, German, Iberian, Celtic, and beyond), any time period (from the medieval to the modern), and any genre. Dorsey Armstrong

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May 8th, 3:30 PM

Beyond Guenevere and Morgan: Other Arthurian Queens

Sangren 1740

Some of the most renowned characters in the Arthurian legend are the various queens who inspire knights to go off on adventures in pursuit of honor or love; other queens are sinister and malicious, challenging the knightly chivalric ethos and those who are its primary exemplars. Throughout the tradition of Arthurian literature, we find queens as complex and nuanced characters who can alternately—and even simultaneously—strong, independent, supportive, submissive, transgressional, contradictory, revolutionary, inspirational, and more. While Guenevere and Morgan le Fay are the two queens most often engaged in scholarly/critical analysis, this session seeks papers on lesser-studied/discussed Arthurian queens. We solicit papers that explore aspects of the “lesser Arthurian queens” from any particular Arthurian literary tradition (French, English, German, Iberian, Celtic, and beyond), any time period (from the medieval to the modern), and any genre. Dorsey Armstrong