Kings, queens, knights, damsels, battles, magic, quests, the Holy Grail. These are some of the common images associated with King Arthur and his court. This course will survey a number of medieval and modern works surrounding the stories of King Arthur, his knights, Merlin, and the quest for the Holy Grail. Medieval authors will be studied before turning to authors from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The class will begin with an exploration of the "traditional" Arthurian legend. Discussion will then be directed to the historical treatment and development of Arthur and his legend before considering the later versions. The course will examine the ways in which traditional characters and themes have been adapted and altered to deal with more modern interests and mores.