The status of Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur as the canonical iteration of Arthurian legend in English is not in question. It is, however, insufficiently examined, with past explanations for its canonicity lacking detail and glossing over social, historical, and textual circumstances. Investigation of those circumstances reveals that for six key editions of Malory's text—Caxton's 1458, de Worde's 1498 and 1529, Stansby's 1634, Chalmers's 1816, Haslewood's 1816, and Southey's 1817—a confluence of editorial and printerly social stature, social contexts amenable to the materials discussed in Malory, and paratextual features provided in the editions positioned Le Morte d'Arthur such that it could be taken up by scholars and writers engaged with Victorian neomedievalist tropes as the standard text of English-language Arthuriana.
|Commitee:||Bobo, Elizabeth, Healy, Christopher A., Wu, Yung-Hsing|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||DAI-A 73/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Medieval literature, British and Irish literature|
|Keywords:||Arthurian legend, Malory, Thomas, Sir, Morte d'Arthur, Print history|
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