Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG445H1S L5101

ENG445H1F L5101   R6-8
Advanced Studies Group 4: Malory's Morte D'Arthur and the Arthurian Tradition
Instructor: Prof. C. Balot

Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 825

Brief Description of Course: A study of Thomas Malory's 15th century Morte d”Arthur and selections from the medieval Arthurian tradition. Emphasis will be on the distinctive aesthetic of the Morte D’Arthur and its idealized vision of the end of chivalry. We will read Malory in conjunction with the major writers who developed and refined the Arthurian narratives, including Geoffrey of Monmouth, Chrétien de Troyes, Béroul, Marie de France, and the Gawain-poet.

Required Reading: Malory, Morte d'Arthur; Chretien de Troyes, Erec and Enide, Yvain, Lancelot, and Perceval; Marie de France, selections; Béroul, Tristan and Isolde; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

First Three Authors/Texts: Geoffrey of Monmouth, History of the Kings of Britain; Chrétien de Troyes, Erec and Enide; Malory, Morte d'Arthur.

Method of Evaluation: Research proposal, annotated bibliography, research paper, class participation.

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