This course will look for the traces of King Arthur and his Knights in modern-day London and its environs. Reading the foundational texts of Arthurian literature right where it happened, students will be able to go to the sites and see the artifacts as they occur in the readings. The course will study excerpts from the early annals and chronicles, which laid the foundation for Arthur’s fame in history, and it will follow the exploits of some of the most prominent members of the Round Table as they were depicted in medieval literature: Sir Gawain, the ladies’ man,, Sir Perceval, the Grail Knight,, Sir Tristrem, the knight who fell in love with his uncle’s wife, and Merlin the magician (in the modern rendition by Mary Stewart, The Crystal Cave). The course will go on excursions to Winchester to have a look at King Arthur’s original “Round Table;” Stonehenge, the mythical stone circle associated with Merlin and his craft; and Canterbury, the destination of the most important pilgrimage on English soil. In London, participants will visit Westminster Abbey, the Tower, museums holding Arthurian artifacts, and the British Library, which holds many manuscripts of the texts that will be read. This immersion into medieval culture will allow students to read Arthurian literature in way uniquely possible in London.
This course will count as an elective in English, Literary Studies and Medieval Studies. Credit in other disciplines may be possible after consultation with your advisor. Graduate students may enroll in the course as a 4-credit tutorial, MVST 8999: Knights of the Round Table.
||dates05/29/2013 — 06/28/2013
costs $2,600 + tuition
Includes Housing, local transportation, cell phone, course activities, supplementary insurance
Students live in flats with fully fitted kitchens.
applyPlease visit our Short-Term page for more information about our online application.
Non-Fordham applicants must include an official transcript from all colleges or universities to date and a institutional approval form
deadlines Final Action:
March 21st at 5pm
Applications will not be reviewed until all supporting submissions have been received.