Category Archives: Professional Scholarship

The Once and Future Childslayer by Kathy Cawsey

The Once and Future Childslayer: Guy Gavriel Kay’s Inversion of Malory’s Morte Darthur KATHY CAWSEY, Department of English, Dalhousie University Guy Gavriel Kay’s Fionavar Tapestry interprets Arthur’s return not as a reward or honor, but as a punishment for killing … Continue reading

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Justinian Visited and Revisited

by Pierre-Louis Malosse translated by Morgon Mills This French paper first appeared in the French academic journal Anabases (Toulouse), 5 (2007), p. 229-235. You can read the original French version here. [Thank you to Pierre-Louis and to Deborah for the … Continue reading

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The Other Side Of The Mirror: Tigana

by James Gunn This piece was written by Professor James Gunn as an introduction to a leatherbound edition of Tigana published by Easton Press, as part of a series ‘the leatherbound masterpieces of fantasy’. Thanks to Clinton Hammond for typing … Continue reading

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Guy Gavriel Kay, La chanson d’Arbonne

This is an article by Nathalie Labrousse-Marchau, a French philosophy teacher, which appeared originally on her website. With thanks to Francois Vincent for the translation into English. Read it in English. Guy Gavriel Kay n’est pas un auteur de fantasy … Continue reading

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Post-Romantic Romance: Guy Gavriel Kay’s Tigana and A Song for Arbonne

by Janeen Webb Copyright © Janeen Webb 1994. All rights reserved. This article first appeared in The New York Review of Science Fiction, No.77, January 1995. Judged by any of the standard genre definitions, Guy Gavriel Kay’s Tigana is high … Continue reading

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Myth and the New High Fantasy: Guy Gavriel Kay’s Tigana

by Janeen Webb © 1991, by Janeen Webb. First published in The Ring Bearer: Journal of the Mythopoeic Literature Society of Australia, Spring 1991, Vol 8, No. 2. Reprinted by permission of the author. All rights reserved. Guy Gavriel Kay … Continue reading

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The World-Building of Guy Gavriel Kay

by Holly E. Ordway May 13, 1998 One of the most notable aspects of fantasy literature is its creation of a secondary world, not like our own primary world. If I may be excused for starting off this essay with … Continue reading

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Guy Gavriel Kay and the Psychology of History

by Christopher Cobb First published in Foundation, Summer 2005. Reprinted by permission of the author. All rights reserved. Christopher Cobb is an assistant professor of English at North Carolina State University. His research interests include Shakespearean romance, Renaissance literature, modern … Continue reading

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We See by Jad’s Light Alone: Guy Gavriel Kay and the New Sanctuary Mosaicist

by Andrew Patton GGK NOTE My old friend Andy Patton is one of those unfairly gifted people who rely on being both charming and decent to avoid being murdered by the rest of us in a collective fit of envy … Continue reading

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Justinien Visité et Revisité, by Pierre-Louis Malosse

This French paper first appeared in the French academic journal Anabases (Toulouse), 5 (2007), p. 229-235. You can also read the translated English version here. L’Antiquité tardive et Byzance ne sont pas les destinations favorites des voyageurs temporels. Ce n’est … Continue reading

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Kay’s Provence: From Arbonne to Ysabel

Faye Ringel, Ph.D. Professor Emerita, Department of Humanities U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut, USA This paper was written by Dr. Faye Ringel, formerly Professor of Humanities, U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Versions were presented at the International Conference on … Continue reading

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A Song for Arbonne: de-romanticised fantasy

This is an article by Nathalie Labrousse-Marchau, a French philosophy teacher, which appeared originally on her website. With thanks to Francois Vincent for the translation into English. Read it in French. Guy Gavriel Kay is not an author like the … Continue reading

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Shifting Focalization and the Strategy of Delay: The Narrative Weaving of "The Fionavar Tapestry"

by Neil Randall This paper, by Neil Randall, first appeared in the journal Canadian Literature, issue no. 129 (Summer 1991). Copyright Neil Randall, reproduced with permission. Huge thanks to Caitlin Sweet for locating a copy of the journal and typing … Continue reading

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Synopsis of article by Mirco Tondi

Translation by Emanuele Manco, administrator of Fantasy Magazine. This is a synopsis of “La mitologia, fonte di consapevolezza e ispirazione: il mondo di Fionavar di Guy Gavriel Kay”, by Mirco Tondi. History, religion, psychology teach that everything has a single … Continue reading

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From Middle Earth to Fionavar: Free Will and Sacrifice in High Fantasy by J.R.R. Tolkien and Guy Gavriel Kay

by Susannah Clements This paper, by Susannah Clements, was presented at the Conference on Christianity and Literature 2002, attended primarily by Christian scholars and students. The theme of the conference was whether there is such a thing as a “distinctly … Continue reading

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The Double-Edged Gift: Power and Moral Choice in The Fionavar Tapestry

by Dena Taylor, University of Toronto The central image sustaining The Fionavar Tapestry is that of the Weaver at the Worldloom and the Tapestry he weaves, an image which represents time and the fate or destiny of all the characters … Continue reading

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Three Glasses of Wine: The Accommodation of Culture in The Lions of Al-Rassan

by Dena Taylor This paper, by Dena Taylor, is part of an upcoming book on GGK being published by NIMROD PRESS (New Lambton, NSW, Australia) in the BABEL HANDBOOKS series. In The Lions of Al-Rassan, religion is highly politicized, with … Continue reading

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On Sailing to Sarantium, by Dena Taylor

by Dena Taylor This was first published as a review in TransVersions 10, Toronto: Orchid Press, 1999 In Sailing to Sarantium, Volume One of The Sarantine Mosaic, Guy Gavriel Kay moves east in his secondary world and three hundred years … Continue reading

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The High Fantasies of Lawhead and Kay, by John Doherty.

By John J. Doherty This essay is part of a larger work by Professor Doherty, titled “Arthurian Fantasy, 1980-1989: An analytical and bibliographical survey”. It examines the development of the Arthurian Legend in fantasy literature during the 1980s. This essay, … Continue reading

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GGK’s note re Douglas Barbour

A few writers and reviewers seem to have tracked my entire career. Douglas Barbour of the University of Alberta, poet, academic, immensely knowledgeable about sf and fantasy, was probably the first to comment in a substantial literary journal – which … Continue reading

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