The Story of the Grail by Chrétien de Troyes
Classics of Arthurian Literature
Written in Old French by the poet-monk, de Troyes (c.1130-1191), these innovative and fantastic twelfth-century romances established the core narratives of medieval Arthurian literature and include the first and one of the greatest of the Grail stories. It is famous for its hero’s quest for the Holy Grail –seen as a dish rather than a cup – and the poignant themes of love, spirituality, and chivalry which are expressed in the story of Perceval’s struggle to endure trials on the path of the Grail. The class will read: “The Knight of the Cart (Lancelot),” “The Knight of the Lion (Yvain),” and “The Story of the Grail (Perceval).”
6 Sessions: Saturdays 2:30-4:00 p.m. February 20-March 27; Feb 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27
Course Text: Chrétien de Troyes, Arthurian Romances, Penguin Classics.
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