This course is the payoff for having learned the grammar of Old English in Introduction to Old English (which is the prerequisite for the course unless you see me for permission)! You will continue to develop your skills in Old English reading and translation as you read shorter canonical texts in verse and prose, such as riddles, charms, and shorter poems such as The Dream of the Rood and The Seafarer. Students will produce idiomatic translations for every class, write short assignments considering the literary aspects of the works, and write either a final exam or a final paper. Students will also memorize and present a short section of verse in the original language, which they have the option of presenting at the spring Medieval Poetry Night! In addition, students will be introduced to manuscript work using online interfaces. Graduate students will read and present on secondary scholarship and produce original research.
MA-Lit Course Designation: Elective