Images of Legendary Figures, Genre, Toponymy: The Study of Mary Stewart's Arthurian Romance.

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Date: Dec. 2019
From: Forum for World Literature Studies(Vol. 11, Issue 4)
Publisher: Wuhan Guoyang Union Culture & Education Company
Document Type: Article
Length: 6,788 words

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This paper focuses on Mary Stewart's Arthurian Saga pentalogy that represents the most significant stage in her writer's career. For a comprehensive study of Stewart's Arthurian Romance, the descriptive and historical methods in the collection and systematization of language material are applied. The study also reviews some elements of analysis and synthesis. The author of the article has made an attempt to specify the genre of Stewart's Arthurian Romance and analyse the main characters of the novels (Merlin, King Arthur, Mordred), with particular attention being paid to the place names that are considered from historical, geographical and linguistic points of view. The novels straddle the boundary between the historical novel and the fantasy genre. It is proposed to employ the new term 'historical-fantastic novel' to define the genre of the Arthurian pentalogy. M. Stewart combines a traditional idealization of the Arthurian legend, a detailed historical setting, and a vivid form of characterization. The novelist proposes the realistic depiction of Merlin: he is an ordinary human, having the visionary ability, but not a magician. Stewart's King Arthur is definitely idealized and portrayed as a wise politician and a fair ruler. Mordred is depicted as a pawn of fate following the path of self-destructive behaviour. In the novels native Celtic and Latinised Celtic toponyms are used along with modern English geographical names. Key words Mary Stewart; Arthurian legends; fantasy; toponyms

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