R419 Fall 2019 King Arthur: Man vs. Myth
Thursdays, 9:40–11:05, Sep. 26–Nov. 14 No Class Oct. 10
Instructor: Paul Gonzalez
Possibly the most famous English king is someone who could not have actually existed as a real king of England. This is Arthur, the great king of legend, who is considered to be “sleeping in Avalon” waiting to return when England most needs him. Arthur has been portrayed in written fiction by Mallory, Steinbeck, and White, among others; in film by a non-singing Richard Burton in Camelot, by Sean Connery in First Knight, by Graham Chapman in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, to name a few; and on television and many other forms. He is one of the most romantic characters of all time and his story is known to most of us. But, was he real? And how did his story come to be? This course is about Arthur and his legend, the man on whom the legend is (probably) based, and the various historical romances that became incorporated into the story of Arthur.
Paul Gonzalez is a lifelong reader of Arthurian stories and a great fan of the character, both in his fictional manifestations and in his probable historical one.