Jon Passaro

Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Fellow in the Humanities

20052006 Forum on Word and Image

Jon Passaro

English, Philosophy

College '06

Reducing the Round Table: Visual and Textual Narrative Redaction in Medieval Arthurian Romance

In composing Le Morte Darthur, Sir Thomas Malory combined elements from multiple Arthurian romances, significantly editing his source material to cater to a 15th-century audience. Similarly, many manuscripts containing these source texts incorporate images that perform an editorial function on the texts, helping readers to navigate through these complex romances. In what ways do Malory and the images in his source material perform similar editorial functions?