The Once and Future King: King Arthur in Literature

Ref: C3747077

King Arthur and his knights have appeared in British (and French) literature for a number of centuries, beginning with brief mentions of such a leader in early Medieval writings and the Mabinogion, embellished and transformed by Thomas Malory and Tennyson and leading to modern writing from authors such as TH White and Bernard Cornwall, culminating with Monty Python. We shall look at these various manifestations, accompanied by a wide range of pictorial representations, and consider why the 'once and future king' has remained such a powerful figure in our culture.

Course aim

To engage with the influence the Arthurian legend has had on our literature and culture.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand how the Arthurian legend developed
  • Appreciate the origins of the legend
  • Engage with a wide range of writing and other representations of the court of Camelot
  • Expand my knowledge of the geographical sites linked to the legend.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Extracts from literature, etc will be supplied via Canvas.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The Once and Future King: King Arthur in Literature


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