King Arthur (IHENG-220)
The tale of the legendary King Arthur continues to fascinate and inspire our collective imagination. But, who was Arthur? Was he a Celtic warrior chieftain fighting against the Saxons or a symbol of the sophistication and refinement of medieval courtly love? Was there really an Arthur or is he a completely fictional figure, a myth perpetrated through the ages? This course will focus on the development of the Arthurian legend from the early Middle Ages to the present day. We will begin with Celtic and English narratives that emphasize the portrayal of Arthur as a man of action. We will then continue with French and English romances placing Arthur in a courtly setting. Later on in the course, we will look at more recent interpretations of the Arthurian myth in literature and art. Throughout the semester, we will also watch and discuss scenes from films retelling--and transforming--the tale of Arthur and his knights. Prerequisite: ITW 101.
Faculty: Meriem Pages
Start/End Date: Aug. 25, 2014 - Dec. 12, 2014
Instructional Method: Lecture-based Learning