GM 240 King Arthur in German Literature (Spring: 3)

Cross Listed with EN304
Offered Biennially
Conducted in English with all texts in English translation.
Counts toward German major, German minor, and German Studies minor.

A study centering on the most popular and enduring of all medieval legendary figures. We will examine the early texts from which the Arthurian mythology took root and contributed to the eventual spread into Germany of the tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. We will then focus on a close reading of four or five of the most significant Arthurian romances within the German tradition. In addition, we will systematically trace the relationship between this highly idealized world of literary knighthood and real-life contemporary historical and social events of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
Michael Resler

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