EUS 301 • Knights of the Round Table-W
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
This course will be dedicated to the medieval stories centering around King Arthur and three of his most prominent knights: Iwein, Tristan, and Parzival. We will read sections of the Old French romances by Chrétien de Troyes as well as their translations into Middle High German and their Middle English renditions. Studying these masterpieces of European literature within their historical and cultural context will post a plethora of questions: Did any of these people actually exist? Why did chivalric romances become such a success in Europe in the late 12th century? What does chivalry mean? What was the life of a knight really like? Why do women and love become important topics for discussion? Why do we still enjoy reading these romances? All texts will be read in translation; no previous knowledge of Medieval literature is required. The seminar will include screenings and discussions of modern movie adaptations of Arthurian literature such as Excalibur, L'éternel retour, Revenge, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, or Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. These screenings will be scheduled in the evening. They are an integral part of the class and attendance is required.
Annotated bibliography 10% Two examinations 20% Three short essays 30% Class participation 20% Final essay 20%
Richard Barber, ed. The Arthurian Legends. Boydell. Chrétien de Troyes. Arthurian Romances. Tr. William W. Kibler. London: Penguin, 1991. Hartmann von Aue, Iwein. Tr. Patrick M. McConeghy. New York: Garland, 1984. Gottfried von Straöburg. Tristan. Tr. A. T. Hatto. London: Penguin, 1967. Wolfram von Eschenbach. Parzival. Tr. A. T. Hatto. London: Penguin, 1980. Sir Perceval of Galles and Ywain and Gawain. Ed. Mary Flowers Braswell. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications., 1995. Lancelot of the Laik and Sir Tristrem. Ed. Alan Lupack. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 1994. Films on reserve.