Arthurian Literature

Please note: this is archived course information from 2023 for ENGLISH 340.


The Arthurian story, from its first passage into French in the twelfth century. The English writings are studied in comparison with their French sources and counterparts (in translation).

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Availability 2023

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Tracy Adams


Most texts are taught in modern English versions, or in parallel-text editions. Links to the works will be provided.

French texts include major romances from Chrétien de Troyes.

English texts include selections from Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur.


Prescribed Viewing:

In addition to the readings, we will be watching some Arthuriana films. Information will be provided in class.

Recommended Reading

King Arthur and His Knights: Selected Tales by Sir Thomas Malory, edited by Eugene Vinaver Oxford University Press).


ENGLISH 340: 15 points


30 points at Stage II in English or FRENCH 200


ENGLISH 738, 746