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Arthurian Legend in History and Literature

Course number : 19481   ID : 88349    Class Section : FAA-PE
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Historians have argued that if there was a historical figure known as King Arthur he lived in the late fifth or early sixth century CE.  However, the stories about Arthur, his queen Guinevere, his knights, particularly the valiant Sir Lancelot, and his treacherous son Mordred have had a much longer lifespan.  From the early 600s to the present day, people throughout the Western world have told and retold the adventures of Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and the tragic love triangle between Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot.  And with each new version of the Arthurian legend, the characters and their actions take on a new meaning and significance, both to the authors and to their audiences.  In this class, we’ll begin by discussing the earliest written sources about Arthur, Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table in their historical context and will progress to a discussion of these characters and familiar Arthurian themes in various medieval and modern texts, including Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain, Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur, Alfred Lord Tennyson’s The Idylls of the King, T.H. White’s The Once and Future King, and Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon.  As we’ll see, the Arthurian Legend is a collection of stories that has stood the test of time and remains a useful backdrop for the fears, hopes and dreams of each new age that engages with it.

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Wed

CE South Building

Lizbeth Johnson, Ph.D. 



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Registration Closes On
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 11:59 PM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
10/16/2019 - 11/6/2019 Weekly - Wed 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Albuquerque, CE South Building  Map, Room: 109 Lizbeth Johnson, Ph.D.