21L.460 Arthurian Literature

Class Info

Tracing the evolution of King Arthur (and principal knights), students consider what underlies the appeal of this figure whose consistent reappearance in western culture has performed the medieval prophecy that he would be rex quondam et futurus: the once and future king. Examines how Arthur's persona has been reinvented and rewritten throughout history, including portrayals as Christian hero and war-leader, ineffective king and pathetic cuckold, and as a tragic figure of noble but doomed intentions. Enrollment limited.

This class has no prerequisites.

21L.460 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by A. Bahr.

Lecture occurs 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Tuesdays in 4-253.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS H.

You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Medieval Literature: Legends of Arthur site or on the 21L.460 Stellar site.

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MIT 21L.460 Arthurian Literature On The Web
Medieval Literature: Legends of Arthur
medieval history comparative literature

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