Title page for ETD etd-04132005-122603

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Molchan, George Gregory
Author's Email Address gmolch1@lsu.edu
URN etd-04132005-122603
Title Mordred: Treachery, Transference, and Border Pressure in British Arthurian Romance
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department English
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Lisi Oliver Committee Chair
Mustapha Marrouchi Committee Member
Pat McGee Committee Member
  • the historia regum Brittaniae
  • the annals of Wales
  • the stanzaic morte arthur
  • vortigern
  • the history of the kings of England
  • the alliterative morte arthure
  • king Loth
  • brut
  • layamon
  • Robert Wace
  • Scottish Arthurian chronicles
  • Geoffrey of Monmouth
  • the annales Cambriae
  • literary criticism
  • Arthurian literature
Date of Defense 2005-04-01
Availability unrestricted
This study focuses on the question of how Mordred comes to be portrayed as a traitor within the British Arthurian context. Chapter 1 introduces the question of Mordredís treachery. Chapter 2 charts Mordredís origins and development in Welsh and British literature. Chapter 3 focuses on the themes of unity, kinship, loyalty, adultery, and incest that emerge in connection with Mordredís character. Chapter 4 deals with the idea that Mordredís treacherous characteristics have been transferred upon him in the course of the British Arthurian narrativeís development. Chapter 5 discusses the possibility that Mordredís development is in part due to Geoffrey of Monmouthís response to political pressure. Chapter 6 briefly addresses the importance of this study.
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