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Readings

You get several kinds of UC credit for this course (CA, HC, OC). So what do I hope you learn? First, my object is for students to find pleasure in aesthetically satisfying and complex texts about a figure that inspires and challenges the imagination. Next, my object is to help you develop further your critical thinking skills (analysis, synthesis, and evaluation) as well as your verbal and written communication skills. I introduce students to critical thinking and questioning through the examination of some major works of medieval north European and English culture about the Arthurian legendary, as well as to larger literary and historical narratives and movements; you develop skills used in the humanistic study of history and literature, including close reading, study of primary texts, critical reading of relevant scholarship, and interdisciplinary writing about history and literature.

Learning Outcomes and Final Examination Demonstration of Course Objectives: Through a variety of questions you answer in your final examination, you will be able to recount and explain at least five major (1) events, (2) dates, (3) historical figures, (4) works of literature, (5) historical and literary ‘receptions’ and interpretations, and (6) religious and philosophical and general ethical attitudes towards power, kinship, religion, and cultural memory typical of the medieval cultures which produced and shaped the stories of King Arthur and the Round Table.