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Encounter : 'Arthur and his Knights : Arthurian Literature in Medieval England'

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Denis Renevey
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2017 -> 2017

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre d'automne
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


Arthurian literature provides an interesting lens to assess the love-hate relationship England has recurrently maintained with mainland Europe. This seminar looks closely at extracts from three different texts that epitomize the richness of the Arthurian tradition in medieval England. First, we shall consider extracts from La3amon's Brut. This chronicle offers a history of the Britons from the fall of Troy up to the time of the last British King, Cadwallader (AD 689). Following discussions based on Arthurian extracts from this chronicle, we will move to a reading of extracts from The Alliterative Morte Arthure, a four-thousand-line poem written around 1400, and which is part of the Arthurian revival that marks the late medieval period. The poem's focus on warfare and epic battles taking place on the continent offers interesting insights on questions of nationhood and Englishness. It also offers a portrait of Arthur that markedly contrasts with that offered in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The Stanzaic Morte Arthur, our third text, represents a tradition that offers a more romantic perspective, with added emphasis on the personal implications of the most important Arthurian characters in the context of the national and regional conflicts that mark the Arthurian material. We will also discuss the way in which these texts inform our understanding of conflicting and changing relationships between nations in our day and age.

SET TEXTS: extracts from La3amon's Brut will be provided in a reader: King Arthur's Death: The Middle English Stanzaic Morte Arthur and Alliterative Morte Arthure, edited by Larry D. Benson and E. Foster, TEAMS (Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 1994), available online: http://d.lib.rochester.edu/teams/publication/benson-and-foster-king-arthurs-death


BA 2005 : Students will be assessed by means of active participation and the submission of an essay.
BA 2013 : Group-discussion in class (collective & groups) and writing an essay (individual); possibility of writing an extended essay (plan d'études 2013)

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