E 311: Legends of Arthur


311 Schedule

 

Sept

We meet TTH 11:15 am - 12:30pm in Bartlett.

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WEEK 4 Marie de France

    Tu 26 Sept. Guigemar, Equitan, Le Fresne

    • Read, "Introduction," pp. 1-27, in The Lais of MDF.
    • Read "Guigemar" and notes, pp. 30-59.
    • Read "Equitan," pp. 60-72.
    • Read "Le Fresne," pp. 73-91.
    • Glance at this Carolingian Visitor's Guide

    Th 28 Sept. Laüstic, Chaitivel, and the Story of Arthur

    • Read "Laüstic," pp. 155-162.
    • Read "Chaitivel," pp. 181-189.
    • Read "Lanval," pp. 105-125.

Consider the common elements of these tales--can you isolate formulae, themes, relationships, attitudes? How are fictional lovers portrayed; in other words, how is the complexity of human psychology reduced to a few salient, fictionalized desires? What is at stake in the love of nobles, given their social and political roles?

In Lanval, why does the Fairy Queen live in a tent and not in a castle?