Branwen daughter of Llyr Posted April 13, 2010 Share Posted April 13, 2010 OK, Done with stupid Lit GRE now, and can focus on selecting schools for next year. I have a pretty extensive list (see in signature). My top contenders are Harvard and UCLA (because of their Celtic programs - they teach Welsh!! Wahoo!!). I am, however, open and receptive to additional schools that I may have overlooked (since I'm out of touch with current research and names in the field) that have either a very strong medieval focus or at least 2 medieval profs that have touched on Arthurian lit in some way. I am most interested in the Late medieval period (no Anglo-Saxon, please), am particularly interested in the Arthurian cycle, Chaucer, Gawain and the Green Knight (my all time favorite), and in Celtic stuff - The Mabinogi and the Taliesen stories. The importation of Celtic mythology into Anglo-Norman England is specifically a great love of mine, as well as the tension between the Celtic sensibilities and the Norman Courtly-Love and Chivalric codes in the literature of the time. Social and Historical reasons for the importation are relevant, as well as more myth-oriented analysis, narratology, and Jungian archetypes (how did Guinevere turn from a wise queen who got Arthur out of trouble in the Mabinogi stories into a harlot who destroys Camelot???) How is the Celtic goddess/wise woman transformed into an evil witch in the Anglo-Norman version? Why does this happen? What are the social and historical ideologies that create this tension? (yeah, I have loads of questions). I should add that U Texas - Austin should be in the list below because of Geraldine Heng (I may use her work in my writing sample). However, she is only ONE - and only an assistant prof at that. *sigh*. So - who did I miss? Where should I look? Ideas are welcome with open arms!! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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