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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Text, Translation, Film

August 2022

Precepted by Liam Daley.
Can Sir Gawain keep his honor without losing his head? This short classic of Middle English chivalric romance follows Gawain on a quest testing his heroism, social etiquette, sexual virtue, and existential sense of self. This course explores: first, the extraordinary history of the single, unique manuscript which preserves this poem (as it “slept” on a library shelf for 400 years, escaped destruction by fire, and was eventually rediscovered in the 19th century); second, the translations which brought this poem to a twentieth century readership – focusing in particular on J.R.R. Tolkien’s; and finally, the 2021 film by David Lowery.

Required Texts

"Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; Pearl" and "Sir Orfeo" by JRR Tolkien, and The Green Knight (2021 film) by David Lowery.

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Days and Times

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays at 8:00 PM (Eastern Time), beginning August 1

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