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Exploration : Violence and Love in Arthurian Literature: Marloy's Morte Darthur and the Antecedent Arthurian Tradition in England

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

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

Période de validité: 2018 -> 2018

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

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


This BA 2 seminar looks closely at extracts from four 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 Malory's Morte Darthur, which is part of the Arthurian revival that marks the late medieval period. The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle, our third text, comes from a more popular tradition where the destiny of characters, rather than nations or kingdoms, is at stake. We will end our exploration of Arthurian literature with a reading of The Awntyrs off Arthur, another popular romance.


In addition to active participation and a short group oral presentation, students will take:

1) A written mid-term evaluation consisting of a 500-word close-reading of a passage from the texts studied in class. The time allocated is 60 minutes. The result will count for 30% of the final mark.
2) A final evaluation consisting of a 1,000-word essay, to be written with the support of the primary material and an English-English dictionary. The time allocated is 120 minutes. The result will count for 70% of the final mark.

Exigences du cursus d'études

Discovery : Medieval English

Informations supplémentaires


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