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Elizabeth Cullingford, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2007

E 395N • Old English

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36310 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
PAR 210
Blockley

Course Description

The earliest vernacular compositions in English, dating from the seventh century to some decades beyond the Norman Conquest in the eleventh, are our sources for Old English, also known as Anglo-Saxon in some places. In this course we will learn how to read them with healthy skepticism and on-line grammars and concordances. We will begin with the prose and read extracts from proverb collections, translations from Latin, vernacular chronicles, and saints' lives. We will do some transcription from facsimiles of manuscripts to discover what editors put in and leave out in producing texts.

Texts

We will spend most of the course reading the most-studied verse compositions, including The Wanderer, heroic poems like The Battle of Brunanburh and The Battle of Maldon, enigmatic first-person poems like The Dream of the Rood, The Wife's Lament, The Seafarer (for which students can consult Ezra Pounds battered student reader in the HRHRC) and possibly some riddles.

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