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EN2C1/EN3C1 Arthurian Literature and its Legacy

King Arthur and Sir Lancelot

Module overview: This module will explore the evolution of Arthurian myth from the mid twelfth to the fifteenth century. Several major works from Middle English literature will be studied in their original language, along with French, German and Latin works in modern translation. In studying these texts particular attention will be paid to the following topics: the nature of different national responses to the myth of British imperialism, the representation of women, the literary construction of knighthood, and the way in which the medieval church attempted to regulate and redirect the chivalric ethos. The final weeks of the module will examine the characteristics of the Arthurian revival in Victorian and twentieth-century Britain and America.

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