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FYS341 - King Arthur: Myth and Legend


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S. Federico

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King Arthur: Myth and Legend


The story of King Arthur of Britain and his Knights of the Round Table is one of Western civilization's most enduring legends. This course explores those elements of the Arthur story that make it so universally compelling and the ways in which its details have been adapted according to the needs and desires of its changing audience. Topics considered include feudal loyalty and kinship, women and marriage, monsters and magic, the culture of violence and warfare, and the stylistic and narrative features of the legendary mode. While students read these legends critically, they also explore their popularity: How and why has the myth of Arthur proven so universally appealing?

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC], Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

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Class Restriction

Exclude Sophomores, Exclude Juniors, Exclude Seniors