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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Spring 2006

T C E603B • Composition and Reading in World Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32640 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
CRD 007B

Course Description

The Matter of Britain: This course will explore the origins, growth, variations, and uses of the legend of King Arthur. The primary focus will be on literature, but some attention will be given to graphic, theatrical, cinematic, and political manifestations of The Matter of Britain.

About the Professor Professor Lance Bertelsen specializes in eighteenth-century British literature and is the author of The Nonsense Club: Literature and Popular Culture 1749-1764 and Henry Fielding at Work. He has served several times as director of the Oxford English Summer Program and on the faculty of the Normandy Scholar Program. He likes to surf (longboards only).

Grading Policy

I will lecture occasionally, but usually the class will be taken up with group discussions based on topics I will ask you to consider as you read. You will be required to write five two-page essays and two five-page essays. Some of these will be subject to peer editing in groups.


Literature: Nennius, Historia Britonum (excerpts) Geoffrey of Monmouth, History of the Kings of Britain (excerpts) Chrétien de Troyes, Yvain (excerpts) Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Malory, Morte d'Arthur (selections) Spenser, The Faerie Queene (selections) Keats, "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" Tennyson, The Lady of Shalott & The Idylls of the King (selections) Pre-Raphaelite paintings and graphics Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court (excerpts) White, The Once and Future King Mary Stewart, The Crystal Cave (tentative)
Films: Knights of the Round Table (1954) Excalibur (1981)
Additional: Camelot (Musical) Camelot as metaphor for Kennedy White House


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