ENGL 307
Arthurian Literature Spring 2010
Division I
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A study of the origins of the Arthurian story in Welsh history and folklore and a survey of its development and transformations in the romance literature of England and the Continent, from Chr├ętien de Troyes to Thomas Malory, circa 1100-1500. We will pay special attention to the ways in which British/English nationalism, Celtic magic, French courtly values (those connected with love and chivalry in particular), and Christian morality combine and recombine to produce ever new meaning in familiar elements of the plot: Arthur’s birth and establishment as king, the fellowship and adventures of his followers, the adulterous love triangle, the Quest for the Holy Grail, and, finally, Arthur’s death.
The Class: Format: discussion/seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 3636
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: frequent 1-page position papers and two longer papers (5-7 pages) students will be evaluated on writing and class participation
Prerequisites: a 100-level English course
Enrollment Preferences: English majors
Distributions: Division I

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