ENGL 422 A: Arthurian Legends

Meeting Time: 
TTh 4:30pm - 6:20pm
SAV 156
Paul Remley
Paul Remley

Syllabus Description:

The figure of King Arthur continues to emblematize the world of the Middle Ages despite the fact that most contemporary portrayals directly reference texts originating in the modern period . The past twenty years, however, have seen a revolution in the study of genuine early medieval witnesses to the Arthurian myth. Predating Geoffrey of Monmouth’s twelfth- century invention of our most enduring Arthurian narrative, ancient Celtic accounts of a non- aristocratic Arthur, legendary women such as the visionary Morrigan, the bestial Merlinus Rusticus, among other figures, have been edited and translated, while neglected manuscripts documenting the circulation of the legends in previously unsuspected social contexts have come to light. With an eye toward class members’ preferred theoretical approaches to premodern texts, the primary goal of the course will be to reenvision the Arthurian canon by providing a key to the latest advances in the study of the medieval sources.

Catalog Description: 
Medieval romance in its cultural and historical setting, with concentration on the evolution of Arthurian romance.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 8, 2019 - 11:10pm