The Resource Merlin : knowledge and power through the ages, Stephen Knight

Merlin : knowledge and power through the ages, Stephen Knight

Label
Merlin : knowledge and power through the ages
Title
Merlin
Title remainder
knowledge and power through the ages
Statement of responsibility
Stephen Knight
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Merlin, the wizard of Arthurian legend, has been a source of enduring fascination for centuries. In this authoritative text, the author traces the myth of Merlin back to its roots in the early Welsh figure of Myrddin. He then follows Merlin as he is imagined and reimaged through the centuries of literature and art. He covers French and German as well as Anglophone elements of the myth and brings the story up to the present with discussions of a globalized Merlin who finds his way into popular literature, film, television, and New Age philosophy. The author argues that Merlin in all his guises represents a conflict basic to Western societies - the clash between knowledge and power. While the Merlin story varies over time, the underlying structural tension remains the same whether its takes the form of bard versus lord, magician versus monarch, or scientist versus capitalist. As Knight sees it, Merlin embodies the contentious duality inherent to organized societies. -- from Book Jacket
Cataloging source
NIC/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1940-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Knight, Stephen
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
PN57.M4
LC item number
K58 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Merlin
  • Merlin (Legendary character) in literature
  • Merlin (Legendary character)
  • Knowledge, Theory of, in literature
  • Power (Social sciences) in literature
  • Literatur
  • Knowledge, Theory of, in literature
  • Merlin (Legendary character)
  • Merlin (Legendary character) in literature
  • Power (Social sciences) in literature
Label
Merlin : knowledge and power through the ages, Stephen Knight
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
British Myrddin-Merlin: wisdom. Myrddin-Merlin -- The earliest materials -- Natural wisdom: Myrddin of Cumbria -- Prophetic wisdom: Myrddin of Wales -- Wisdom at court: Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae -- Twelfth-century natural wisdom: Geoffrey of Monmouth's Vita Merlini -- Medieval Merlin: advice. From prophecy to advice: Wace -- Christian advice: Robert de Boron -- Grand Vizier: the vulgate Merlin -- Darkening advice: the post-vulgate Merlin -- Advising a nation: from Layamon to Malory -- English Merlin: cleverness. Prophecy and advice in decline -- Renaissance cleverness -- Cleverness high and low: the seventeenth century -- Cleverness high and low: the eighteenth century -- The dangers of cleverness: the romantics -- The dangers of cleverness: the Victorians -- International Merlin: education. Continental Merlin: from cleverness back to wisdom -- Toward education: America -- Toward education: Britain -- Education and the novel: White, Lewis, and Cooper -- Education and the novel: historicism, juveniles, and fantasy -- Merlin on screen -- International Merlin
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvii, 275 p.
Isbn
9780801443657
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009017327
Other control number
40017311711
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)319691085
  • (OCoLC)ocn319691085
Label
Merlin : knowledge and power through the ages, Stephen Knight
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
British Myrddin-Merlin: wisdom. Myrddin-Merlin -- The earliest materials -- Natural wisdom: Myrddin of Cumbria -- Prophetic wisdom: Myrddin of Wales -- Wisdom at court: Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae -- Twelfth-century natural wisdom: Geoffrey of Monmouth's Vita Merlini -- Medieval Merlin: advice. From prophecy to advice: Wace -- Christian advice: Robert de Boron -- Grand Vizier: the vulgate Merlin -- Darkening advice: the post-vulgate Merlin -- Advising a nation: from Layamon to Malory -- English Merlin: cleverness. Prophecy and advice in decline -- Renaissance cleverness -- Cleverness high and low: the seventeenth century -- Cleverness high and low: the eighteenth century -- The dangers of cleverness: the romantics -- The dangers of cleverness: the Victorians -- International Merlin: education. Continental Merlin: from cleverness back to wisdom -- Toward education: America -- Toward education: Britain -- Education and the novel: White, Lewis, and Cooper -- Education and the novel: historicism, juveniles, and fantasy -- Merlin on screen -- International Merlin
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvii, 275 p.
Isbn
9780801443657
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009017327
Other control number
40017311711
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)319691085
  • (OCoLC)ocn319691085

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