The Arthur Story

Friday, April 13, 2012

Renowned mythologist leads students through the history, mystery and myth of The Arthur Story at Signum University

The Arthur Story (Press Image)Hartly, DE. – Signum University will be offering its first college-level look at literature this Summer when “The Arthur Story” kicks off on May 21. The 12-week course can be taken for master’s level credit or audited and aims to answer the questions: who was Arthur, who is Arthur, was there an Arthur and what do we know and how do we know it.

In the course, students will track the legendary yet mysterious king from his beginnings in the late 5th/early 6th century through 1500 years during which his story moved from history to folklore to romance to tragedy.   Numerous scholarly resources will be explored, starting with an online handout that will put Arthur in the context of his earliest sources. Participants will then move on to Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain; the early Welsh fairy tale “Culhwch and Olwen” from the Mabinogion; two romances of Chrétien de Troyes—Lancelot and Perceval (in English translation); and a substantial portion of the Works of Sir Thomas Malory.  Because each period created the king it wanted, students will encounter many Arthurs and many—even conflicting—versions of his story.  Registration for this course closes Monday, May 14, 2012.

“The Arthur Story” will be taught by Dr. Veryln Flieger.  Dr. Flieger is a professor of myth studies and comparative mythology.  She is also a speaker and author of both scholarly and fiction works including Question of Time: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Road to Faerie, Interrupted Music and Pig Tale.  She is also the co-editor of the journal Tolkien Studies.

Signum University is a non-profit university which is conducted entirely online, dedicated to using new methods in order to make old-fashioned teaching available. Signum values seeing students meeting with great teachers who challenge and inspire them to ask difficult questions and be active in learning.  The new University has a deep belief in the dynamic learning that happens in small-group seminars and study groups, in the give and take of discussions led by dedicated faculty.  This institution is dedicated to connecting passionate teachers with students who are ready to learn.  Signum University is dedicated to making the Liberal Arts academic experience available to everyone, everywhere.  Signum University is in the process of acquiring full certification and accreditation, and expects to be able to award MA’s by the spring of 2013.

“The Arthur Story” is one of three Summer 2012 courses being offered via Signum University and its partner in learning, Mythgard Institute.  The others are “Modern Fantasy” which will be taught by Dr. Corey Olsen and “Elementary Latin I” which will be taught by Dr. Philip Walsh.

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