About ENGS 032 A

Subjects vary by semester. Representative topic: Jane Austen, Page and Film. May be repeated for credit with different content. Topics vary by offering; periodic offering at intervals that may exceed four years.


Open to Degree and CDE students; Cross listed with CLAS 096 A; Total combined enrollment = 60

Section Description

Have you ever wondered about the origin of the stories about King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table? This course will focus on exactly that, offering an exploration of the medieval roots of the English-speaking world’s most popular legend. Such an exploration will require looking at early English texts and also beyond—to Celtic legend, Latin chronicles, continental romance, and even Norse saga—since this material, despite its appropriation by the English-speaking world, is in fact pan-European. We’ll study where the legend came from and how such characters as King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, Sir Lancelot, Sir Gawain (and more!) developed into the popular figures you know and love. All readings are in modern English translation.

Section Expectation

This course combines lecture and discussion formats and may involve some small-group discussion and/or independent free-writing. Students should expect to spend 6-8 hours a week outside of class reading, with additional time spent journaling and preparing for exams. There is one required textbook: The Romance of Arthur, ed. Lacy and Wilhelm (3rd edition): ISBN: 978-0-415-78289-0 (It is important to get the THIRD edition--earlier editions don't have all the texts we'll read!)


Assessment will be based on participation, regular homework in the form of a reading journal, a midterm exam, and a final exam.

Course Dates



Rowell N/A Hlth 118 (View Campus Map)


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