F407 Spring 2019 The Arthurian Legend: Past and Present
Wednesdays, 9:40–11:05, Mar. 27 –Apr. 17
Instructor: Amelia Rutledge
Class limit: 40
This course will deal less with the question “was there a King Arthur?” than with the affirmation that “there are many Arthurs now.” The Celtic warlord became a king in the romances of Chrétien de Troyes, who added Lancelot and the Grail to the legend; a Celtic madman/prophet became the king's wizard. Sir Thomas Malory and Alfred, Lord Tennyson present us with today's best-known versions of the legends. We will also examine the Arthurian legend in the visual arts and the legend retold by contemporary writers.
Amelia A. Rutledge
- Mar. 27: Arthur and Merlin: Celtic and Latin sources.
- Apr. 3: King/Queen; Court/Grail Quest.
- Apr. 10: Rescuing Arthurian Legend: Sir Thomas Malory and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
- Apr. 17: The Legend in the Arts/The Legend Renewed.
retired from the English department at George Mason University where she taught courses in medieval literature, science fiction, fantasy, and children's literature. She holds a PhD in medieval studies from Yale University.