English 203

Graduate Readings


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
5 Spring 2009 O'Brien O'Keeffe, Katherine
O'Brien O'Keeffe, Katherine
TTh 2-3:30 305 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Klaeber, Fr., et al. Beowulf and the Fight at Finnsburg [Note: Fourth edition only].

Description

In “Reading Beowulf" we will be particularly interested in the making of Beowulf as a text and as a canonical poem. The first goal addresses issues of language, paleography, and textual editing as we translate; the second addresses the cultural investments of the last two centuries (and of the present moment) that have shaped our reading(s) of the poem. Attending to the particularity of the poem’s language and the poem’s vexed relationship with the culture that produced it will raise questions about Anglo-Saxon poetics, literary history, and aesthetics; it will also invite other strategies of reading that the members of the course bring to the table. If you have questions about the course please contact Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe at kobok@berkeley.edu.

Prerequisite: Completion of English 205A (Old English) or the equivalent.

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