2020 Spring Lecture Series

“King Arthur in the Middle Ages: A Storyworlds Approach”


Ann Marie Rasmussen
Rt. Hon. John G. Diefenbaker Memorial Chair in German Literary Studies Germanic & Slavic Studies University of Waterloo Ontario, Canada
2019-2020 Stanley Kelley Jr. Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching in German
April 21, 2020
4:30 – 6:00 pm
205 East Pyne
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A storyworld is an ever expanding and changing fictional realm in which stories are adapted and agglomerate over time in different media, cultures, and languages around a set of well-known and familiar central events, characters, images, and themes. Applying the notion of storyworld to the medieval Arthurian tradition reveals three different Arthurian storyworlds: Gaint-killer Arthur, General Arthur, and Chivalric King Arthur. This talk explores these three medieval Arthurian storyworlds as a preamble to understanding the unique characteristics of the medieval Arthurian tradition in German-speaking lands.


Ann Marie Rasmussen