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Women in Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Arthurian Renditions (1854-1867)

Women in Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Arthurian Renditions (1854-1867) (Paperback)

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This scholarly but accessible volume traces the impact of the enduring themes and key women characters from Arthurian tradition in Dante Gabriel Rossetti's artistic corpus. Combining literary and visual analysis, the author opens a double perspective upon the past to emphasize that the painter-poet's renditions on the legend of Camelot should not be read only as merely illustrative of pre-existing textual sources. Quite on the contrary, his personal take stands out as an eclectic exercise of revaluation providing additional insight into his professional preoccupations and view of the self. Unfolding in three sections, the book first focuses on the tragic love triangles in Malory's Le Morte Darthur, and so on Rossetti's portrayal of Guinevere and La Belle Yseult. Next, it considers the value of female mediating presences and inter-gender unity in the Grail Quest. The third set of chapters addresses Rossetti's view of chivalric paternalism and romantic rescue. For reasons of complementation and contrast, this last section also includes an analysis of the painter-poet's contribution to the stained glass series on the legend of Saint George and the dragon.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1800 to c 1900Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: poetry & poets Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Publication Date: 10/03/2014 ISBN-13: 9783034312981  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jose Maria Mesa Villar began research into Rossetti in 2004, upon receiving a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education (within the framework of the FPU University Teacher Training Programme). He holds an MA and a European PhD in English. His articles have been published in a variety of indexed journals, and his papers have been very positively received in international conferences hosted by the universities of Dundee, Arizona, Coimbra, Porto and Oxford Brookes. He is currently a lecturer and researcher at UCAM - Universidad Catolica San Antonio de Murcia (Spain).

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