Contemporary Legend: A Reader

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Gillian Bennett, Paul Smith
Taylor & Francis, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 382 pages
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Beginning with an introduction that examines the portrayal of the characters of Lancelot and Guinevere from their origins to the present day, this collection of 16 essays-five of which appear here for the first time-puts particular emphasis on the appearance of the two characters in medieval and modern literature. Besides several studies exploring feminist concerns, the volume features articles on the representation of the lovers in medieval manuscript illuminations (18 plates focus on scenes of their first kiss and the consummation of the adultery), in film, and in other visual arts. A 200-item bibliography completes the volume.
 

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Contents

SERIES EDITORS PREFACE
xi
OVERVIEWS
xxxix
Performance and Truth
17
An Examination of Reactions to
41
Some Thoughts on Baughman Z500599
55
Psychic Ambiguity at the Legend Core
69
Legends as Narrative Response
91
APPROACHES
113
An Example of a New Legend
187
The Vaginal Serpent and Other Themes from Mexican
225
A Mass Poisoning Rumor in Europe
245
Why Are There So Many Modern Legends About Revenge?
261
The Ideology of American Consumerism
289
Folk Narratives
311
Legend Truth and News
325
Where Are the Folklorists?
341

Technology Tradition and
133
Alligators in the Sewers
153
Adolescents Ostensive
167
Complicating
363
APPENDIX TO ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
381
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