English 90ar. Arthurian Worlds

Instructor: Brandon Tilley

Mondays, 3-5 pm | Location: Sever 112

Enrollment: Limited to 15 students.

Like the Holy Grail famously sought by his knights, King Arthur proves an elusive quarry.  This course will pick up Arthur’s trail from some of its earliest literary vestiges and follow it into a world broadened by his very presence there.  Working with translations where necessary (that is, most of the time), we will range across texts of British, French, German and American provenance, from sixth-century monastics through to writers of our own day experimenting upon our inherited Arthurian traditions.  Readings include Geoffrey of Monmouth, Marie de France, Chrétien de Troyes, Malory, Tennyson, Steinbeck and more.


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