Welcome to SPACE, our adult continuing education program which offers interactive monthly courses for personal enrichment! Learn more here.

Mixed Lecture/Discussion
To achieve the Holy Grail, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad and others must face formidable Black Knights, alluring temptresses, inscrutable hermits, and untold supernatural perils—in two works created five-hundred-and-five years apart.

“The Tale of the Sankgreal,” disseminated as part of Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur (1470) and the incontestable masterpiece of modern Arthurian cinema, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) are arguably the most popular and influential versions of this story from a twenty-first century standpoint. These contrasting visions of the Grail Quest also share striking and unexpected similarities in terms of plot, form, and tone. This course looks closely at Malory’s text and the Pythons’ oddly-faithful film reinterpretation, side by side. In so doing, we explore what Arthur, the Grail, and the Middle Ages mean to modern audiences, and how changes in form and context radically shape how stories are told and understood.

Required Texts

- Monty Python and the Holy Grail (dir. Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, 1975)
- Thomas Malory, Malory: Complete Works, edited by Eugene Vinaver. Alternatively, students may use the Project Gutenberg eBook of Le Morte d'Arthur provided the terms of the Project Gutenberg License can be met.
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Days and Times

The Holy Grail: Malory and Monty Python with Liam Daley Meeting Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on May 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 26, 31 (with a double session on 5, OR 12, OR 26 at the class' choice)

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