ENG 210 Old English

Craig R. Davis, M W F 10:00 AM-10:50 AM

An introduction to the language and literature of Anglo-Saxon England (circa AD 450-1066) in a series of graduated grammar lessons and readings of poetry and prose from the Venerable Bede, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, The Wife's Lament, The Wanderer, and the Dream of the Rood. We will learn to pronounce and read aloud the late West Saxon dialect of Old English used in manuscripts copied around the year 1000, as well as the 31-character Anglo-Frisian futhorc found in runic inscriptions on the Franks Casket and Ruthwell Cross.

Requirements: daily grammar review and oral translation in class, grammar quizzes as necessary, and a final translation project to be selected by students from a wide range of options, including Beowulf, the Exeter Book riddles, the Rune Poem, The Fight at Finnsburh, Judith, the Battle of Maldon, Maxims II, The Seafarer, The Phoenix, and the Voyages of Ohthere and Wulfstan.

Text: Bright's Old English Grammar and Reader, 3rd ed. (1971).

Students of all class years are welcome.