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ENGL 3377 Medieval Arthurian Literature (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Myth, legend, and history conspired to make the most popular and enduring set of characters in medieval literature: King Arthur, Guinevere, Machiavellian sorcerer Merlin, lustful Uther, Sirs Gawain, Lancelot, Perceval, and the other Knights of the Round Table. We will dig at the Celtic roots of the Arthurian tales, revel in the golden age of French romance, take a detour to medieval Iceland, and examine the transformative influence the tradition had on the mainstream of English literature. All texts will be read in Modern English translation except the Middle English ones, but no previous Middle English knowledge is required.


Instructor(s): Robert Stanton

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13