ERIC Number: EJ1036184
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
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Reference Count: 37
Enid on Enid: Blyton's Use of Arthurian Narratives in "The Knights of the Round Table"
Lustig, T. J.
Children's Literature in Education, v45 n2 p89-100 Jun 2014
The article begins by assessing Enid Blyton's contribution to the Arthurian revival of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, setting this in the context of longstanding debates about the function of children's literature. It goes on to argue that Blyton's use of the story of Enid in "The Knights of the Round Table" (1930) has a personal significance which deserves attention. The article also suggests that other figures in the story--Enid's father, her mother, and her husband Geraint--have parallels in Blyton's life. In Alfred Tennyson's "Idylls of the King," the tale of Geraint and Enid concerns the early phase of married life--a phase which must meet certain criteria if children are to be forthcoming. But Blyton's source might have prompted unease on her part, for it was in 1928--the year in which "The Knights of the Round Table" was serialized--that Blyton, who had not conceived after 4 years of marriage, consulted a gynaecologist.
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Literary Genres, Eighteenth Century Literature, Literature Appreciation, Literary Devices, English Literature, Story Grammar
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