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Fall 2018-2019
* ENG 310 / MED 310 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Old English Period

Sarah M. Anderson

An intensive introduction to the English language as it was spoken and written in the British Isles from about 450-1100 CE. We will learn the grammar of Old English by closely analyzing excerpts from prose and poetry that demonstrate the range and variety of the literature of this period. The selections will open up the complexities and strange beauties of Old English works and will situate the texts in the cultures that produced them.

Sample reading list:
Anon., Excerpts from Beowulf
Anon., Excerpts from travel stories
Anon., The Battle of Maldon
Anon., Selected riddles, charms, maxims
Anon., Selected lyrics
Boethius., King Alfred's translation of The Consolation of Philosophy
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
25 pages of reading per week; four translations, both literal and fluent, of about twenty-five lines of a text we are working on in class; one final ten-to-fifteen page analysis and commentary on an Old English text of the student's choosing; two in-class recitations in Old English.

Take Home Final Exam - 20%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
No prior knowledge of the Old English language or of medieval literature or history is assumed. All levels of interest are welcome..

Other information:
The themes of this course will include travel writing, with destinations in fantastic and real realms; the "alien", and the powers of charms and riddles. Once the basics of grammar and vocabulary are mastered, we will work on negotiating translations of Old English into Modern English. Requirement: British Foundation

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20564 S01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm T Th   Chancellor Green   105   Enrolled:13 Limit:18