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Women at the Round Table. Edition No. 1
VDM Publishing House, June 2010, Pages: 100
Over the last few decades, much has been written about the Arthurian literature, which has proved the unrelenting popularity of this subject matter. Most of the academic literature focuses on traditional Arthurian books written by men and thus supports this pre-dominant interpretation of the Matter of Britain - or, in the other extreme, declaims the male-written texts entirely along with providing its readers with a one-sided feminist interpretation of the story. In this respect, this book is distinct as it aims at an impartial interpretation of the most significant representatives of the Arthurian literature within each particular era, with the objectivity being one of its crucial attributes. It explores women characters in traditional medieval texts and then follows some of their modern recreations through the ages. It subsequently attempts to trace the development of these women characters in relation to the position of women in the different eras. This book is to be used by an intrigued academic as well as by anyone else who may find themselves pondering over the disparateness of the characters of Guinevere and Morgan and their shifting between good and evil over the centuries.
Mgr. Monika Kop?ivová: Studied English and Czech Philology at Masaryk University in Brno. Language teacher in Kyjov, the Czech Republic.