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Syllabus

Jan 23- The Nature of the Arthurian Corpus: Texts and Bodies

Jan 25- Origins of Arthurian Stories? (Faletra, History of the Kings of Britain, Appendix A & C; Gildas, pp. 218- 228)

Jan 30- Foundational Stories: Geoffrey of Monmouth, Inventor or Translator? READING: Geoffrey of Monmouth, History of the Kings of Britain (Faletra, History of the Kings of Britain, Intro, 8-38; plus pp. 38-97) DEBATES:

Feb 1- Foundational Stories: Rome, Britain, and translatio imperii READING: Geoffrey of Monmouth, History of the Kings of Britain (98-162); Recommended: Geoffrey Ashe, “The Origins of the Arthurian Legend,” in Arthuriana 5.3 (Fall 1995) [in OLR] DEBATES:

Feb 6- Arthurian In(ter)ventions READING: Geoffrey of Monmouth, History of the Kings of Britain (163-217) and Appendix D; Recommended: Geoffrey Ashe, “The Origins of the Arthurian Legend,” in Arthuriana 5.3 (Fall 1995) [in OLR] DEBATES:

Feb 8- British Traditions: Red Gold READING: How Culhwch won Olwen (in The Mabinogion) DEBATES:

Feb 13- British Traditions: Barbarians and the Barbered READING: How Culhwch won Olwen (in The Mabinogion) DEBATES:

Feb 15- Untraditional French Tales READING: Heldris of Cornwall, Silence, 2-173 DEBATES:

Feb 20- Contentment in Cross Dressing? READING: Heldris of Cornwall, Silence, 174-315 DEBATES:

Feb 22- Term Examination

Feb 27- French Traditions: Trajectories of Desire READING: Chrétien de Troyes, Erec and Enide (in Arthurian Romances) DEBATES: PANEL:

Mar 1- French Traditions: Objects of Desire READING: Chrétien de Troyes, Yvain (in Arthurian Romances) DEBATES: PANEL:

Mar 6- French Traditions: Anxiety and Desire READING: Chrétien de Troyes, Yvain (in Arthurian Romances) DEBATES: PANEL:

Mar 8- French Traditions: Desire and the Other READING: Chrétien de Troyes, The Knight of the Cart, or Lancelot (in Arthurian Romances) DEBATES: PANEL:

Spring Break

Mar 20-English Traditions: Boy to King READING: Malory, Tale of King Arthur (3-53) DEBATES: PANEL:

Mar 22- Birth, Boy, Sorcery, and Fratricide: The Oath and its Meanings READING: Malory, Tale of King Arthur (54-103) DEBATES: PANEL:

Mar 29-From Boy to Emperor READING: Malory, Tale of the Noble King Arthur and King Lucius (104-134) DEBATES: PANELS:

Apr 3- ‘He passed all other knyghtes’ READING: Malory, Tale of Sir Lancelot du Lake (135-156) DEBATES:

Apr 5- Identity and its discontents READING: Malory, Tale of Sir Gareth (157-200) DEBATES: PANELS:

Apr 10- Outer Worlds of Camelot READING: Malory, Tale of Sir Tristram (201–342) DEBATES: PANELS:

Apr 12- The Diaspora of Knighthood READING: Malory, Tale of Sir Tristram (342–452) DEBATES: PANEL:

Apr 17- Perfection and other Forms of Boredom Malory, Noble Tale of the Sankgreal (453-537) DEBATES: PANEL:

Apr 19- Love and Other Forms of Poison READING: Malory, Tale of Lancelot and Guenevere (538-589) DEBATES:

Apr 24- Flourish Your Heart in this World READING: Malory, Death of King Arthur (590-636) DEBATES: PANELS:

Apr 26- Flourish Your Heart in what World READING: Malory, Tale of King Arthur (3-53) DEBATES:

May 1- Is Chivalry Dead Yet? READING: Mark Twain, Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court Chapters 1-18 DEBATES: PANEL:

May 3- Manuscripts with the Boss READING: Mark Twain, Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court Chapters 19–64

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