1. Emily H. says:

    As someone who has been reading different versions of this for a wider King Arthur retelling, I really appreciate this! Thank you for lending your insight to this!

  2. Jennifer Norton says:

    I love this story! I think it’s my favorite medieval lit. story. It’s interesting that this came out right before the movie! 🙂

    • Oooo, with Sir Orfeo, too! I love all of those poems. I do hope that the film creates more interest in the original tale. From what I’ve read of the film, they are almost two entirely different stories!

  3. Yep, the World is quite against Christ… who knew? 😉
    Its sad, but inevitable. Time to create our own works!
    It’s a bit of a bummer that most Christian productions veer away from more gritty tales fraught with crude situations. Those are the more telling of the human condition.

  4. Robin L says:

    “Must everything be dismantled by modern hands? Have we nothing to learn from people who came before us?” Excellent questions, and as one who pursued graduate studies in literary theory, I too grew weary of this approach to virtually all pre-20th C literature. I taught Gawain “straight” to a group of homeschooled high school kids, and they loved it! Medieval literature can still speak to us meaningfully in our post-modern world.

    • Robin, YES!!! I am also a high school English teacher with an MA in Literature, and this was my exact question and concern. Have you read anything by C. S. Lewis on the concept of “chronological snobbery?” I bet you would love it as much as I do.

  5. Watched the movie. Still have the original on my “to-read” list. You didn’t miss much. It’s very much an arthouse filck (though ironically it’s none of the actors who are nude in the film, but some random giants).

    Ranted a bit about it here: https://natewinchester.wordpress.com/2021/08/09/i-need-a-term-for-this/ (along with ranting about other trends)

    Not even sure it could be called a deconstruction because I’m not sure the writer understood the source well enough to get that far. It’s more like a deconstruction of a bad parody of the source.

What say you?