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

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Autor: Andrew E. Mathis
ISBN-13 :: 9780786411719
ISBN: 0786411716
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.11.2001
Verlag: MCFARLAND & CO INC
Gewicht: 281g
Seiten: 168
Sprache: Englisch
Auflage New
Sonstiges: Taschenbuch, 227x152x12 mm
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