E 326L • Survey of Middle English Language and Literature
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Designed for undergraduates who are interested in English as a language, this course introduces them to the language between 1066 and 1500, after the Norman Conquest and before the Renaissance. They will learn how French influenced English (new words, new syntax), how Middle English developed from Old English (loss of inflections, new diphthongs, different use of prepositions), and how the dialects of Old English grew into the dialects of Middle English. Texts from 1066 to 1450 illustrate the spoken and written language. Traditional and contemporary grammatical analysis illustrates the progress of the written language. The historical and cultural background will also be considered.
Since this is a language class, practice and daily attendance are essential. Practice reading aloud. Frequent quizzes on grammatical features. Line-by-line translation of selected passages.
Quizzes 25% of grade, repeated until performance is satisfactory
J. A. Burrow and T. Turville-Petre, A Book of Middle English, 2nd ed.