Re: Knights of Pendragon
I plan to do more with the series at some point (starting with some
mention of Albion in WWII for PCA and the Grail arc for Kalamazoo). I
do have some comments on it in Barbara Lupack's book. I think that is
the only piece of scholarship to reference it (unless there is
something in the ARTHURIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA and its Supplements). There
should also by an entry in the ARTHURIAN ANNALS. I can send more
specifics later in the week.
--- In email@example.com, Jason Tondro <jtondro@...>
> Hello everyone,
> So I am working on my diss at last and today I got around to reading
> the first volume of Knights of Pendragon. It seems deserving of
> treatment; I have of course read Alan's page for it at Camelot in
> Four Colors. What do you all think of it, and has anyone used it in
> an article or paper?
> Jason Tondro
> UC Riverside
- Michael said,
> I can send more specifics later in the week.That would be very helpful, thank you! What do you think of the series? Does your analysis of the series go in a particular direction you feel like sharing? I'll look up Barbara's book for your comments also.
- So Michael, I (at long last!) read your chapter in Barbara's book on
Arthurian comics and you have corrected my previous assumption on
Claremont's use of Arthur in Excalibur. I always presumed it was just
a marketing ploy, but I think you make a pretty good case --
especially with Claremont's illuminating quote on the topic -- that
there was at least a token effort to capture the spirit of Arthur
there, or the sword, even if later issues of the comic seemed to have
little to do with the myth itself.
I was not sure what I was going to say about Knights of Pendragon
until I read an editor's response in the letter column of, I think,
issue 13. The editor wrote, apparently in complete sincerity, that
what differentiated Arthurian myth from other legendary characters in
Britain's past is that Arthur had no political or geographical
agenda; he was a "global hero" intent on protecting the world at
large, not his country per se.
I think this is going to give me some traction, and I anticipate
talking about Arthur's adoption as a global myth that somehow relates
to all cultures. Naturally, because of my background, I'll mostly be
illustrating this trend through comics.