What is the Age of King Arthur? Legends of King Arthur, Excalibur, Merlin, the Holy Grail, and Camelot have persisted long beyond their medieval origins. In this introductory English course, we will read Arthurian literature in translation from French, German, Welsh, Latin, and Middle English across several genres spanning the early medieval period to today. Students will develop familiarity with landmarks of Arthurian literature and learn the historical, socio-linguistic, and cultural contexts of their production. Students will also conduct individual research projects on their choice of contemporary imaginings of Arthurian elements.
The Romance of Arthur: An Anthology of Medieval Texts in Translation, ed. Norris J. Lacy and James J. Wilhelm. Routledge, 2013. (3rd Edition) - $55 new, ISBN: 978-0415782890
Arts & Letters (A&L) courses create meaningful opportunities for students to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define a discipline. Courses are broad in scope and demonstrably liberal in nature (that is, courses that promote open inquiry from a variety of perspectives). Though some courses may focus on specialized subjects or approaches, there will be a substantial course content locating that subject in the broader context of the major issues of the discipline. Qualifying courses will not focus on teaching basic skills but will require the application or engagement of those skills through analysis and interpretation.
Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience. Major II students can also use one lower-division elective to fulfill the Writing Requirement with ENG 209 The Craft of the Sentence.
English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts. The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.