Tales, Legends and Myths in British Literature before 1650

PS 2st, Do 8-10
BA (1.1), Lehramt, MAIAS elective
SoSe 2011
Universität Bayreuth

Course Desciption

In this seminar we will go back in time and examine literary works that endured the centuries by being passed on from generation to generation. Even though their narrative style differs from most of today’s works, they still appeal to the modern reader. To start with we will focus on the special features of tales, legends and myths in order to gain a better understanding of their outstanding qualities. Apart from examining the works on a literary basis, we will also trace the historic insight they provide. Critical essays and historical analyses will support us when we take a look back at days long gone by.

Texts to be obtained by students:

Christopher Marlow, Doctor Faustus
Geoffry Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
Seamus Heaney, Beowulf: A New Verse Translation
Thomas Malory, Le Morte D’Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table