King Arthur: Fact or Fiction?

The legend of King Arthur is the enduring myth of English literature. Drawing on written texts and archaeological evidence, we will uncover how much of this myth is based on fact and how much has developed through purely fictional accounts. Examine the development of the myth from its beginnings around 500AD, through the legend's resurgence in medieval romance literature, and on to modern representations in books and films.

This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Outline the broader historical context of Anglo-Saxon England during the period in which Arthur is thought to have lived.
  • Assess the archaeological and textual evidence for Arthur’s existence.
  • Survey the flowering of Arthurian romance literature in England and Continental Europe during the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries.
  • Examine modern representations of the Arthurian legend in the 20th and 21st centuries.

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Distinguish between those details of the legends of Arthur that have some factual basis and those that are purely fictional developments.
  2. Account for the archaeological evidence for Arthur’s existence.
  3. Identify key texts from the medieval period which continue to inform our conception of Arthur and his company of knights.
  4. Identify the chronological development of the myriad of details associated with the legend.
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20 Jan