English R1A

Reading and Composition: The Once and Future King

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
11 Fall 2007 Andrea Lankin
TTh 12:30-2 223 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

"Selections from Geoffrey of Monmouth, History of the Kings of Britain. Ca. 1134. Ed., trans. Lewis Thorpe. London: Penguin Books, 1966. Repr. 1977.

Selections from Malory, Thomas. Le Morte D�Arthur: The Winchester Manuscript. Ed., abridged by Helen Cooper. Oxford World�s Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Mark Twain. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur�s Court. 1889. Ed. Bernard L. Stein. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1979.

T. H. White. The Sword in the Stone. In The Once and Future King. 1958. Ace, 1987.

Selections from Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon. 1982. Del Rey. Repr. 2001.

Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Sixth edition. New York : Modern Language Association of America , 2003. "


" Certain narratives, endlessly told and retold, altered and reshaped, have kept audiences fascinated for a very long time. The story of the sixth-century British warrior-king Arthur is one of these. This class will begin with two of the most influential medieval and early modern Arthurian texts, Geoffrey of Monmouth�s twelfth-century History of the Kings of Britain and Thomas Malory�s fifteenth-century Le Morte D�Arthur. We will move to nineteenth- and twentieth-century portrayals of Arthur and his kingdom. We will consider the following questions, among others: How are individual treatments of the Arthurian narrative in dialogue with each other? How does each variant respond to cultural stresses from the time and place in which it was produced? What is it that makes Arthur and his kingdom so compelling?

We will be asking and answering these questions in a series of short (2-4 page) essays that you will write and edit over the course of this class. As this is a reading and composition class, the project of writing is central. During the semester, you will gain skills in close reading, argumentation, writing and supporting thesis statements, structuring papers, and revision. "

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