WR 222: Introduction to Literature and Writing

Arthurian Literature and Film

Instructor: Dr. Meg Roland



General Resources for students of Medieval Literarature on the Web:

Netserf--An encyclopedia for all things medieval with a section devoted to Arthurian Literature.

Labrynth--Resources for Medieval Study, from Georgetown University.

Internet Medieval Sourcebook--Primary texts are available through this site from Fordham University.

Corpus of Middle English Prose--A very useful site that enables you to search literary texts by word or phrase.

Luminarium--A beautifully designed site with a major section on Middle English Literature as well as pages on individual authors. 

Arthuriana--Journal of Arthurian Studies.  Includes a very useful archive of past articles.

Sian Echard's Medieval and Arthurian pages--A wealth of images, texts, and background information for students of medieval and Arthurian literature.  A good resource for your presentation on an Arthurian character.

The Camelot Project--This site will be particularly useful for your character presentation as it has texts and resources listed by character and motif.

The Oxford English Dictionary offers both a definition and the historical use of the word in works of literature. 

Search the King James Bible--type in a phrase to find the biblical reference.

Week One: Reading Literature

Resources on T.H. White:

"England Have My Bones"--A comprehensive overview of White's works.

A Glossary of Names, Allusions, and Technical Terms in T. H. White's The Once and Future King--maintainted by the Camelot Project.

Resources on the Writing Process:

General Writing Concerns --A site maintained by the Purdue On-line Writing Lab.

Elements of Argument--From Youngstown State University.

Modern Language Association Style Guidelines--also from the Purdue On-Line Writing Lab.

Weeks Two and Three: The Historical Arthur


Resources on Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia regum Britannie.


King Arthur in History--Dr. Sian Echard's detailed page on the historical Arthur, including images of manuscripts of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia regum Britannie.

Roman Britain--Another page maintained by Dr. Sian Echard.

Camelot Project--A bit of background of Geoffrey and his works.


Week Four: Lancelot and the French Tradition

(from the Pearl ms, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight)

Resources for Chretien de Troyes' Lancelot (Le Chevalier de le Charrette)

An Introduction to the tale by the late Dr. Karl D. Uitti, Princeton University.

The Charrette Project--An electronic archive dedicated to the eight manuscript fragments of Chretien's Lancelot

Dr. Deborah Scwartz's page on Chretien's Lancelot.


Resources for Marie de France's Lanval




The International Marie de France Society--There are links to texts, audio files, performances, and the Society's jounral.

Dr. Gloria Betcher's notes on Marie's Lanval.

An on-line translation of Marie's Lais.  The Translator's Note is of particular interest.




Week Five: The Grail


The Holy Grail page at the Camelot project offers a good background on the legend along with some images.  How do artists depict the Grail? 

THis summary of the Parzival story will help you set our selection in context.


Week Six: Malory

The Knighthood, Chivalry, and Tournaments site--a commercial site with essays on all manner of knightly matters.

Luminarium page on Thomas Malory--The music on the opening page will become tedious, but look past that to the chronology and to the essays and resources.  Be aware that many of the essays listed are student essays and, therefore, are not suitable sources.  Recall our class on plagiarism!

The entire text of Le Morte Darthur is available from the University of Virginia e-text library.

Selections from various medieval accounts of the death of Arthur and Mordred.

Week Seven: Writing About Film


Arthurian Film Bibliography--a comprehensive listing of ARthurian films, along with a brief description, review and essay citations.

Dartmouthn University Writing Program offers a good overview of the various approaches to writing about film.

George Mason University's Writing Center offers a pragmatic guide to writing about film, with good questions on cinematic elements to consider.


Week Eight: Chaucer's Wife of Bath's Tale

Cervantes' Don Quixote

The Geoffrey Chaucer page--an excellent resource for texts, essays, and background information.

Teach Yourself to Read Middle English--Dr. Larry Benson's site provides ten easy lessons to learn to pronounce Chaucer's verse!

"The Criyng and the Soun"--Listen to renowned scholars read sections of the Canterbury Tales.  Take the time to listen to the same passage read by two different scholars. Scroll down to select The Wife of Bath's Tale.

Audio clips of music from the 14th century--the music of Chaucer's era.

A seminal essay by Mary Carruthers about the Wife of Bath's Tale.

Week Nine: Arthurian Poetry


Post papers to Wriite Board for peer review.

Week Ten: Finals, Papers due, then rest.


Page created by: mroland@marylhurst.edu

Last Updated: 9/20/05