ENGL 6699 Old English (Spring: 3 )
Anglo-Saxons ruled England for 600 years, and their language is both familiar and strange. The core of English (stone, water, bone) comes from Old English, but English has changed in 900 years. Grammar is learned quickly. Then a world of literature opens up: violent poetry, mournful elegy, spiritual meditations, fanciful romance. We read Genesis, Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Bede’s Ecclesiastical History, mesmerizing homilies, Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy, and unforgettable poetry: the moody elegies The Wanderer, The Wife’s Lament, and The Husband’s Message, the Christian psychedelia of Dream of the Rood, the cryptic remnant Wulf and Eadwacer, and the feminist Biblical narrative Judith.
Instructor(s): Robert Stanton
Last Updated: 26-Sep-18