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Merlin: Magic, Miracles, and Marvels

Karen Sullivan

in The Danger of Romance: Truth, Fantasy, and Arthurian Fictions

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226540122
eISBN:
9780226540436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226540436.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

In the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries, medieval thinkers disagreed about what they called “marvels,” that is, phenomena in the natural world that cannot be understood according to the laws of ... More


The Devil Inside: Merlin and the Dark Side of Romance

Francis Gingras

in Shaping Identity in Medieval French Literature: The Other Within

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780813056432
eISBN:
9780813058238
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056432.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter argues that the founding of the Arthurian world rests on otherness thanks to the role of Merlin, a character simultaneously good and bad. Examining works spanning the centuries from ... More


The Danger of Romance: Truth, Fantasy, and Arthurian Fictions

Karen Sullivan

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226540122
eISBN:
9780226540436
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226540436.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Since the first appearance of “romance” (roman) in mid-twelfth-century France, this genre of literature has been condemned by learned readers, who view it as failing to represent reality as it truly ... More


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