Travelling through the Arthurian Landscapes in Search of Europe

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: SCAS, Thunbergssalen Linneanum, Thunbergsvägen 2
  • Lecturer: Sofia Lodén, Pro Futura Scientia Fellow, SCAS. Researcher, Department of Romance Studies and Classics, Stockholm University
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  • Organiser: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
  • Contact person: Sandra Maria Rekanovic
  • Seminarium

T. S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land (1922) picks up on the Arthurian legend through the theme of the wasteland, a motif of possible Celtic origin that relates the fertility of the land to the condition of its king or leader, often known as the Fisher King. After a short overview of the development of the Arthurian legend, I will discuss the theme of the wasteland and the associated landscape of the forest in different European contexts of the Arthurian romance. I am interested in what the descriptions of these landscapes can tell us about the Europeanization of medieval culture. I will take my starting point in the twelfth century French poet Chrétien de Troyes and his fifth and unfinished romance Le Conte du Graal and then discuss some of the translations and adaptations that were made of this romance in the Middle Ages: Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Middle High German Pazival, the Old Norse Parcevals saga and the Middle English Sir Perceval of Galles.