COMP 307 Fall 2012 Arthurian Literature

Cross Listed as ENGL307
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 Chretien 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 love and chivalry, 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.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: frequent 1-page position papers and two longer papers (5-7 pages); students will be evaluated on writing and class participation
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Prerequisites: a 100-level English course, or a score of 5 on the Advanced Placement examination in English Literature or a 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate
Enrollment Preference: English majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories A
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1601
COMP307-01(F) SEM Arthurian Literature Division 1: Languages and the Arts Sherron E. Knopp
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Schapiro Hall 241 1601
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