"What Camelot Means": Women and LGBTQ+ Authors Paving the Way for a More Inclusive Arthuriana through Young Adult Literature
Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in English
Arthurian literature has long been regarded as the domain of “dead white men,” dominated by Thomas Malory and Lord Alfred Tennyson. However, since medieval times, women have also been producing Arthurian literature that not only treats the women characters of the story more equitably, but makes social commentary on how the marginalized of their societies are treated. More recently, women and LGBTQ+ authors (basically, authors who are not cisgender white men) have answered the call for more diverse Young Adult literature with an Arthuriana that has a place for all, both creating a more diverse and equitable Camelot and giving its marginalized characters, especially young women, the power to change their societies for the better. These women and LGBTQ+ authors of YA Literature are the driving force behind not only a more diverse and accepting Camelot, but a more equitable Arthuriana for all readers and scholars.
Arthuriana, young adult literature, women, Camelot, feminism, diversity, inclusion
Children's and Young Adult Literature | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Literature in English, British Isles | Modern Literature | Other English Language and Literature | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Women's Studies
© Jeddie Mae Bristow
Bristow, Jeddie Mae, ""What Camelot Means": Women and LGBTQ+ Authors Paving the Way for a More Inclusive Arthuriana through Young Adult Literature" (2021). MSU Graduate Theses. 3593.
Children's and Young Adult Literature Commons, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Commons, Literature in English, British Isles Commons, Modern Literature Commons, Other English Language and Literature Commons, Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Commons, Women's Studies Commons