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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2009

E 364P • Old English

Unique Days Time Location Instructor

Blockley, M

Course Description

Please refer to the course schedule for course days, time, room location, prerequisites and possible cross-listings:

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, a.k.a. Anglo-Saxon. In this course we will learn how to read them with healthy skepticism and an on-line concordance. We will begin with the prose and read extracts from travelogues, chronicles, translations from Latin, and saints' lives. We will do some transcription from facsimiles of manuscripts to discover what editors put in and leave out in producing texts. We will spend most of the course reading the most-studied verse compositions, including The Wanderer and The Seafarer, heroic poems like The Battle of Brunanburh, The Battle of Maldon, and The Dream of the Rood, possibly some riddles and Biblical epic. Daily translation, homework exercises, grammar quizzes as necessary, a midterm exam covering the grammar of prepared translations, and a final exam..

Grading Policy

Daily translation, quizzes, exercises 45%; Midterm 30%; Final exam 25%. No makeup quizzes, no more than two unexcused absences without penalty.


Baker, P.S. Introduction to Old English, 2nd edition (Blackwell, 2007); Pope, J. C. and R. D. Fulk, Eight Old English Poems (Norton, 2001); Clark-Hall, J. R. Concise Dictionary of Anglo-Saxon (Toronto, 1984)


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