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Gawain and the Green Knight as Speculative Fiction

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ClassGraphic King Arthur and the knights of his Round Table have been galloping across movie screens for decades and most recently, Renaissance fairs have given people a chance to participate in a kind of parody of that distant world. But what was medieval adventure and romance really like? In this study group we will read a modern translation of the anonymous Sir Gawain and the Green Knights, edited by Brian Stone (Penguin Press, 1974), an English poem widely regarded as among the most impressive of the 14th century. It takes the reader into a world where a huge green man riding an entirely green horse suddenly intrudes on the Christmas feast at King Arthur’s court, offering to play what would seem to be a deadly game. Our own century has many examples of fantastic stories, what we now call “speculative fiction”—what would the world be like if…?  We will explore the relationship between reality and fiction, and question why we can so easily identify with Gawain, as he travels through an utterly realistic wintertime forest of gnarled trees and frozen waterfalls, and yet arrives at an enchanted castle to play the Green Knight’s strange game.

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Tue

Location
Wieboldt Hall

Instructor
MultipleInstructor :
1.Peggy Knapp2.James Knapp 

Tuition: 

$0.00


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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
7/5/2022 - 7/26/2022 Weekly - Tue 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map James Knapp  ; Peggy Knapp 
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