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Wolfram von Eschenbach, Parzival (trans. Mustard & Passage)
The Quest of the Holy Grail ( trans. Matarasso)
Gottfried von Strassburg, Tristan (trans. Hatto)
Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte D'Arthur (trans. Baines)
Course Goals: There are three interdependent goals that this course will seek to accomplish this semester. The goals of this course are to broaden and deepen your knowledge of medieval European literature concerning King Arthur and his court, to deepen your general understanding of literature and literary techniques, and to give you practice and instruction in presenting written analyses of literary texts. In order to accomplish these goals, you will be asked to read the assigned literary works, to participate in class discussions, and to write about selected works. You will also be encouraged to make use of computers in learning about and presenting your ideas about Arthurian literature.
Attendance and Drop Policy: Attendance in class and class participation are important. Frequent absences will have a deleterious effect on your grade. It is extremely important that you read the assigned material before coming to class. I will give reading quizzes, if necessary, as an incentive. If for some reason you cannot continue in the class, remember to officially drop the course. It is now against University policy for faculty members to drop students.
Course Requirements: We will have a Midsemester Test and a Final Examination. These tests will be part Scantron and part essay in format. I will also ask you to write four (4) essays (each three to five pages in length) on topics generated from the readings, class discussions, or your explorations on the Internet. These essays may be submitted electronically. Be sure to acknowledge and correctly document the primary and any secondary sources you use. Due dates for the essays are
Student Evaluation of Teaching: Toward the end of the semester, I shall ask your opinion on the success of the course by having you complete the Student Evaluation of Teaching Survey.
Americans with Disabilities Act: The University of
Texas at Arlington is on
record as being committed to both the spirit and the letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 93112, The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of new federal legislation entitled Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA], pursuant to section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens. As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide "reasonable accommodation" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Student responsibility primarily rests with informing faculty at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels.
Academic Dishonesty: It is the philosophy of the
University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely
unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons
involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with
University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or
expulsion from the University. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not
limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any
work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person,
taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair
advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." (Regents' Rules
and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2,
Dates and assignments are tentative.
W Jan 21: Introduction
"Arthur in the Latin Chronicles"
"Arthur in the Early Welsh Tradition"
W Jan 28: "The Tale of Culhwch and Olwen"
M Feb 2: "Arthur in Geoffrey of Monmouth"
W Feb 4: Wace, Roman de Brut; Layamon, Brut
M Feb 9: "Episodes from . . . Merlin"
Malory, "Tale of King Arthur,"
"The Tale of King Arthur and the
M Feb 16: "The Rise of Gawain . . .," "The Saga of the Mantle"
W Feb 18-M Feb 23: Chretien, Erec and Enide
W Feb 25-M Mar 1: Chretien, Yvain
W Mar 3-M Mar 8: Chretien, Lancelot
W Mar 10: Midsemester Test
M Mar 15-W Mar 17: Spring Break
M Mar 22- W Mar 24: Chretien, Perceval
M Mar 29- W Mar 31: Wolfram, Parzival
Malory, "Tale of Sir Launcelot du Lake,"
"Tale of Sir Gareth"
W Apr 7-M Apr
Quest of the Holy Grail;
Malory, "Tale of the Sangreal"
Beroul, The Romance of Tristan
Marie de France, "Lay of Chievrefueil"
M Apr 19-W Apr 21 : von Strassburg, Tristan
M Apr 26- W Apr 28: Malory, "The Book of Sir Tristram of Lyoness
M May 3: Malory, Le Morte D'Arthur: Remaining sections
Malory, Le Morte D'Arthur: Remaining sections, cont.;
from The Alliterative Morte Arthure
M May 10: Final Examination (2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
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