ENG-380.6   The Arthurian Tradition 3 credits

Prerequisites: ENG-299T

This course will trace the evolution of Arthurian literature from its first flowering in 12 th -century European court culture to its influential gathering and retelling in Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur and its persistent presence in modern literature and culture. Along the way we'll ask what Arthurian literature tells us about medieval conceptions of heroism, aspiration, hierarchy, and failure, and about why a cultural product so quintessentially "medieval" continues to fascinate modern writers. Authors may include Chretien de Troyes, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Thomas Malory, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Mark Twain, and Walker Percy.