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Martial MasculinitiesExperiencing and Imagining the Military in the Long Nineteenth Century$
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Michael Brown, Anna Maria Barry, and Joanne Begatio

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526135629

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526135636

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‘Something which every boy can learn’: accessible knightly masculinities in children’s Arthuriana, 1903–11

‘Something which every boy can learn’: accessible knightly masculinities in children’s Arthuriana, 1903–11

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Martial Masculinities
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Elly McCausland

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526135636.00018

This chapter explores the ways in which British and American adaptations of Thomas Malory’s Morte Darthur for child readers during the early twentieth century sought to redefine chivalric masculinity for a modern age, following the Victorian medieval revival. Focusing on works by Henry Gilbert and Howard Pyle, it examines how these texts retained the imaginative framework of the ‘soldier hero’ in their attempt to appeal to adventurous boy readers, Hunger and cannibalism but redefined this figure in moral terms. They promote a romanticised ‘gentleman’ whose courtesy, duty and dedication were drawn from the chivalric model but whose bravery and endurance went beyond the battlefield. In doing so, however, they also hint at irreconcilable tensions between an idealised medievalism and the increasing complexities of modern gender identity.

Keywords:   Arthurian, medievalism, children’s literature, masculinity, military, Malory, chivalry, heroism, imperialism

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