Medieval Legend and Myth in the British Isles
06/28/2010 - 07/30/2010
Monday & Wednesday 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Fisk Hall 115
This course will explore myths and legends - such as Robin Hood and King Arthur - originating in the British Isles and closely related surrounding cultures. From the dry wit to be found in Icelandic works such as "Hrafnkel's saga" and "Thrym's poem" to the passionate injustice in the Irish "Exile of the Sons of the Uisliu," these works will challenge the way that our society continues to circulate the figures of the virtuous outlaw, the heroic woman warrior, the chivalric knight, and the shape-shifting princess. Texts will be in translation, with a few selections in Middle English. In addition to reading the original texts and considering the rich social tapestry within which these characters were woven, we will consider modern versions of these figures in movies.
Texts for this course will include Robin Hood, Sir Gawain Tales, Hrafnkel's saga, Thrym's poem, Exile of the Sons of Uisliu, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
This course is open to auditors.
This course is offered during the 5 Week session; the deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund is Wednesday, June 30 at 5:00 pm.
A syllabus for this course is available at:
Will Eggers (A.B., Occidental College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Connecticut) is visiting instructor in English. Click here for more information about William Eggers.
Consent of Instructor Required: No
|Level: GLSP||Credits: 3||Enrollment Limit: 18|
Texts to purchase for this course:
James J. Wilhelm, The Romance of Arthur, New, Expanded Edition: An Anthology of Medieval Texts in Translation (Routledge)
Stephen Knight, Robin Hood and Other Outlaw Tales (TEAMS Middle English Texts - Western Michigan University Medieval)
READING MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE AT BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 BROAD STREET, MIDDLETOWN, 860-685-7323 Order your books online
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