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Tennyson Idylls of the King: Dr Gary Day

"Loosely based on Malory’s Le Morte D’ Arthur, Tennyson’s Idylls of the King tell us as much about Victorian England as they do about Arthur and his court. Wonderful stories, beautifully written Tennyson’s epic opens a door into the 19thcentury mind; its troubles, struggles and longings. We will also be looking at the relation between Tennyson’s tales and Pre-Raphaelite paintings of the Arthurian world. As a bonus, there will be a summary of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s poem The Life of Merlin. You will need to buy Tennyson’s Idylls of the King (ed. by J. Gray, Penguin). Let Tennyson have the last word. ‘On my heart hath fallen/Confusion, till I know not what I am, /Nor whence I am, nor whether I be King. /Behold, I seem but King among the dead’"

Tutor: Dr Gary Day

"Dr Gary Day was a principal lecturer in English at De Montfort University. He teaches courses on a wide range of subjects including poetry, philosophy, the history of drama, and cultural history. He has edited a number of books on topics ranging from popular culture to D. H. Lawrence. "