Excalibur is not a thing, something you can hold in your hand.
Excalibur is the good in you.
The power to do good, to stand up for what's right, to slay dragons, to capture bank robbers.
You always carry Excalibur in your heart.

Robert Tinnell, Kids of the Round Table (1995)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Re-Posted: The Middle Ages on Television

McFarland is publishing a new book on medieval-themed television in 2015. Full details have posted on the Medieval Studies on Screen blog (http://medievalstudiesonscreen.blogspot.com/2014/12/coming-soon-middle-ages-on-television.html), but it is work noting here that the book will also cover Arthurian material, including Merlin, Camelot, and Mists of Avalon.

Coming Soon: The Holy Grail on Film

It's been a while since I last posted, but there are some exciting new developments in the field. The first is an interesting new collection edited by Kevin J. Harty, the most active proponent of Arthurian film/television studies. The book is due out this spring just in time for Kalamazoo. Details as follows:

Edited by Kevin J. Harty 

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-7785-2
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-2053-4
ca. 15 photos, notes, bibliography, index
softcover (7 x 10) 2015
Price: $45.00
Not Yet Published, Available Spring/Summer 2015

About the Book
This collection of new essays is the first to study film depictions of the quest for the Holy Grail—the Christian holy relic of legend supposedly used by Jesus at the Last Supper. Scholars and critics from a range of disciplines discuss American and European films that offer fresh perspectives on this enduring myth of the Arthurian world and Western culture, including The Silver Chalice (1954), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Excalibur (1981), The Road Warrior (1981), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Fisher King (1991), The Da Vinci Code (2006), The Waterboy (1998), and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead (2009).

Complete contents will be posted separately once they are made available. 

About the Editor
Kevin J. Harty is professor and chair of English, and Coordinator of the Undergraduate General Education Core, at La Salle University in Philadelphia and associate editor of Arthuriana, the official journal of the North American Branch of the International Arthurian Society, of which he is the former president. He is the author or editor of fourteen books, seven of which are on film and medieval studies.