"The Mother of Ruin: Queen Morgause in the Arthurian Legend"

Presented by Diane Facinelli

Honors Faculty Fellow and Lecturer with Barrett, The Honors College at ASU

Monday, May 6, 2013 at 7:00pm, Changing Hands Bookstore

About the Program
Although a minor character in the Arthurian legend, Morgause’s impact on Arthur and the court of Camelot has been pivotal. The half-sister of Arthur, sister of Morgan le Fay, wife of King Lot of Orkney and mother of Gawain and Mordred, she has fulfilled and even embraced the role of Mother of Ruin. From her brief descriptions in Malory’s Morte D’Arthur, Morgause has been developed into a powerful force for destruction and evil in numerous modern retellings of the story, such as The Once and Future King, The Mists of Avalon and even the BBC series Merlin.

About Diane Facinelli
Dr. Diane Facinelli joined the Barrett faculty in 1993 and was promoted to the rank of Principal Lecturer during the first year this position was available at ASU. She also was the first recipient of ASU’s Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Student Mentoring and has been a finalist for the Professor of the Year Award.
Dr. Facinelli earned her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in English with an emphasis in Medieval Literature. She serves as an affiliated faculty member of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and currently is the faculty director of the ACMRS summer program in Oxford, England, where she will be teaching her class on The Arthurian Legend in History, Literature and Art again this coming summer. Her research focuses on the Arthurian Legend and on issues of law and government in Medieval Literature.