Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Merlin, Morgan Le Fay, the Knights of the Round Table, Camelot, The Holy Grail…the stuff of medieval legend to be sure but each of those words still has the power to elicit a response (if only of superficial recognition) among even the most thoroughly modern audience. Very few of us have probably read Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur or could be considered scholars on the intricacies of Arthurian legend but most of us could sketch the basic story, relationships, and intrigues. Perhaps this is because the legend of Camelot is seemingly inescapably all around us. In King Arthur in Popular Culture, a collection of 18 essays, the presence of Arthurian legend in our everyday lives is explored in interesting ways. From King Arthur Flour, to television shows like Babylon 5 and Dr. Who, tarot cards, video games, and comics it appears the lure of Camelot remains.
From the publisher’s description:
“The legend of King Arthur is embedded in British and American culture. Contemporary America, in particular, is a rich breeding ground for the Arthurian mythos, not only in films, novels, short stories, and fantasy and science fiction, but in other areas of popular and mass culture as well.
“This work is a collection of 18 previously unpublished essays that demonstrate the impressive extent to which the Arthurian legend continues to permeate contemporary culture beyond film and literature. The essays cover the Arthurian legend in economics, ethics, education, entertainment, music, fun and games, the Internet, and esoterica.”