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This page focuses on the course 21L.460 Medieval Literature: Legends of Arthur as it was taught by associate professor Arthur Bahr in Fall 2013.
The course focuses on the legends of King Arthur in Medieval literature. The course follows the evolution of his legend, and legends of his principal knights, in their many reinventions and rewritings.
There were three goals:
One previous course in literature
Usually every other semester
The students' grades were based on the following activities:
This course is primarily taken by undergraduate students.
Most students enter the class with some background knowledge about the legend of King Arthur. The course offers them an opportunity to juxtapose their conceptions of the literary figure with the historical Arthur.
During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:
On the following pages, Professor Bahr describes various aspects of how he taught 21L.460 Medieval Literature: Legends of Arthur.