Accession Number : ADA375709

Title :   The Arthurian Poems of Charles Williams: a critical Annotated Edition


Personal Author(s) : Mihal, Jay A

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Report Date : Jan 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 347

Abstract : This project entails compiling a critical edition of Charles Williams's Arthurian poems. Williams is the third and least well known member of the Inklings, the group of Christian friends (largely academics) who met at Oxford University during the 1930's and 40's. Currently there is no edition available of Williams's Arthurian poems in the United States. This project involves two stages: first, establishing a text of the poems; and, second, writing a critical introduction and notes. Williams's two Arthurian collections, Tallessin Through Logres and The Region of the Summer Stars, and no longer in print in the United States. In light of this fact, a major goal of this project is to create an edition that could conceivably be published. In order to achieve this goal several steps were necessary. First, an examination of both the original manuscripts and the previously published editions of the poems was required. Next, the project demanded an examination of Williams's life and work and research into the Arthurian tradition, especially the works of Malory's Le Mode DArthur, Tennyson's's idylls of the King, and de Troyes's Arthurian Romances - works that significantly influenced Williams's poetry. Then began research into the criticism and scholarship on Williams's Arthurian poems themselves. Finally, with this background, the process of editing a new edition of Charles Williams's Arthurian cycles began. Within this edition, a critical introduction and extensive notes were also included to help: (1) relate the man and his life to his theological and literary ideas as they are expressed throughout his Arthurian poems; and (2) aid with understanding the complexity of Williams's poetry.


Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE