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Wagner and Twain—King Arthur in the Late 1800s

Lecture no. 21 from the course: King Arthur: History and Legend

Wagner and Twain—King Arthur in the Late 1800s

Taught by Professor Dorsey Armstrong | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

In his two overtly Arthurian operas, observe how Richard Wagner adapted and modified the Arthurian legend to dramatize social and religious ideals, linking these ideals with Germany itself. On our own shores, grasp how Mark Twain satirized the saga in Connecticut Yankee, critiquing both European aristocracy and American society.


February 5, 2017