Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Establishment of Malory's “Le Morte d'Arthur” as the Standard Text of English-Language Arthurian Legend
by Elliott, Geoffrey Bryce, Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2012, 260; 3516394
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Vaught, Jennifer
Commitee: Bobo, Elizabeth, Healy, Christopher A., Wu, Yung-Hsing
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: English
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
Publication Number: 3516394
ISBN: 9781267456991
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