GM 240 King Arthur in German Literature (Spring: 3)
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Conducted in English with all texts in English translation.
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
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