Medieval Legend and Myth in the British Isles|
Fall 2011 not offered
This course will explore myths and legends--such as Robin Hood and King Arthur--originating in the British Isles and closely related surrounding cultures. From the dry wit to be found in Icelandic works such as "Hrafnkel's saga" and "Thrym's poem" to the passionate injustice in the Irish "Exile of the Sons of the Uisliu," these works will challenge the way that our society continues to circulate the figures of the virtuous robber, the loathly lady, the heroic warrior, and the chivalric knight. Texts will be in translation, with a few selections in Middle English. In addition to reading the original texts and considering the rich social tapestry that produced them, we will consider modern versions of these figures in movies.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
Texts will include: Robin Hood, Sir Gawain Tales, versions of the Arthur story, Hrafnkel's saga, Thrym's poem, Exile of the Sons of Uisliu, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
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This course fulfills the English Department's Literary History I requirement for the English major.
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