Abstract

Abstract:

The article examines the relationship between popular conceptions of education in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and the archetypal role of Merlin in both medieval and popular representations. Recognizing that the Arthur<EN>-Merlin relationship, such as is manifested in the many versions of the legend, has come to represent an archetype dynamic between teacher and pupil, the article argues that one of the reasons for the success of the Arthurian legends in modern times involves how this relationship appeals to the meritocratic (and thus modern) educational ethos.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1543-7809
Print ISSN
0021-8510
Pages
pp. 40-58
Launched on MUSE
2019-05-08
Open Access
No
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