|| EN31120 |
|| ARTHURIAN LITERATURE; MEDIEVAL TO RENAISSANCE |
|| 2001/2002 |
|| Dr Claire Jowitt |
|| Intended for use in future years |
|Next year offered
|| N/A |
|Next semester offered
|| N/A |
| Course delivery
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 20 Hours 10 x 2 hrs |
|| Essay || 2 essays (2,500 words each). || 100% |
|| Resit assessment || Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements. || |
We are all acquainted with the Arthurian legends but perhaps do not realise their complexity and the variety of uses to which they were put. This module will examine the development of the legends from the early Middle Ages to the Renaissance. We shall be less concerned with the question of the historical authenticity of Arthur and his court than with the ways in which a cycle of particularly British myths developed and were used. We shall also look at a wide variety of material and types of writing: poetry, chronicles, painting, film, romance, etc. so that the question of genre as well as historical period has to be considered when interpretation of each work is attempted.
The module will be taught in 10 seminars of 2 hours. Supplementary bibliographies will be issued in due course.
Lancelot du Lac film: (1975)
Geoffrey of Monmouth, History of the Kings of Britain (Penguin) and copies of materials of chronicles dealing with historical question of Arthur (Nennius, Gildas, etc.)
Chretien De Troyes, Arthurian Romances (Everyman)
Layamon and Wace, The Life of King Arthur (Everyman)
The Quest for the Holy Grail from the French Vulgate Cycle (Penguin)
The Death of King Arthur from the French Vulgate Cycle (Penguin)
Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte D'Arthur
Two Arthurian films: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, dir. Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones (1975); Excalibur, dir. John Boorman (1981)
Examines a series of Medieval and Renaissance texts which chart the development of the Arthurian cycle, from Geoffrey of Monmouth to Edmund Spenser. The course will not deal with the historical or archaeological evidence, but the use of myth, modes of interpretation and ways of reading material which is both historical and literary.