English 105

Upper Division Coursework: Anglo-Saxon England

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2006 Nolan, Maura
Nolan, Maura
TTh 12:30-2 122 Barrows

Other Readings and Media

Ecclesiastical History of the English People; Campbell, J., ed.: The Anglo-Saxons; Crossley-Holland, K., ed.: The Anglo-Saxon World; Donoghue, D., ed. and Heaney, S., trans.: Beowulf: A Verse Translation; Howe, N., ed. and Donaldson, E., trans.: Beowulf: A Prose Translation; Keynes, S. and Lapidge, M., eds.: Alfred the Great; Webb, J. F. and Farmer, D. H., eds.: The Age of Bede


This course will introduce students to the rich literature and culture of Anglo-Saxon England, focusing particularly on the heroic poem Beowulf and its modern translations, but also exploring a wide variety of cultural forms: chronicle writing, charms, riddles, laws, histories, visual images and more. Students will write short papers and contribute to an online discussion. No prior knowledge of the Middle Ages or Old English is necessary.

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