ENG 300 Studies in Historical Contexts |
King Arthur, Romance and Chivalry
What was the medieval chivalric code? How did it define the knight’s relationship to his lord or his lady? How closely does Arthurian literature reflect actual medieval behavior? We will explore these kinds of questions by examining texts such as The Art of Courtly Love, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Malory’s Morte D’Arthur. Finally, this class will consider idealized codes for living embedded in contemporary culture to see how (and if) chivalry operates in the world today.