Monday, October 15, 2012

Munster Masquerade

Frankensteinian Arthuriana (a variant of Undead Arthuriana) seems a relatively rare and underdeveloped sub tradition of Monstrous Arthuriana, yet it has some gems, including the premiere episode of television's The Munsters. In "Munster Masquerade," Herman Munster (a version of Frankenstein's monster) attends a Halloween party in the guise of King Arthur and much comedy ensues. The episode can be viewed on Amazon and from iTunes, and a number of images (including the one accompanying this post) are available from at


Many apologies for the long delay in updating the site (and responding to your emails). Below are the details of our sponsored session for next year's Medieval Congress. I will add further content to the blog as time permits.

Arthurian Monster Quest: Investigating the Monsters of the Arthurian Tradition (Roundtable)
Organizer: Michael A. Torregrossa, The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Villains of the Matter of Britain

Presider: Charlotte A. T. Wulf, Stevenson University

Paper 1: Ysbaddaden Pencawr: A Gentler Giant?
Lisa LeBlanc, Anna Maria College

Paper 2: The Giant of Mont-Saint-Michel: Grendelkin?
Kris Kobold, York University

Paper 3: Monstrous Felines in Old French Arthuriana, or There’s More Than One Way to Skin a Chapalu
Brandy N. Brown, The Pennsylvania State University

Paper 4: Lycanthropy and Absence in Arthur and Gorlagon
Angela Tenga, Florida Institute of Technology

Paper 5: “An Unsemely Sighte”: Medieval Arthurian Women as Monstrosities
S. Elizabeth Passmore, University of Southern Indiana