COURSE: ENG 510 SPRING 2003
PLACE: GRAHAM 204
TEXTS: AN INVITATION TO OLD ENGLISH AND ANGLO-SAXON
THE EARLIEST ENGLISH POEMS, trans. Michael Alexander, Penguin
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COURSE GOAL: Acquisition of elementary skills in the reading of Old English (Anglo-Saxon). In addition to the language component, students become familiar with the outlines of the history of the Old English period and the central cultural conditions of the time. A significant number of poems and some prose excerpts are read in the original language.
(1) To place Old English within the Indo-European family of languages
(2) To identify the roots of Modern English
(3) To acquire rudimentary skills in the grammatical structures of Old English
(4) To learn and exercise the proper pronunciation of Old English
(5) To gain an initial facility in the translation of Old English poetry and prose
(6) To become familiar with the historical outlines of the period and the major components of its cultural traditions
(7) To develop an aesthetic appreciation for the themes and modes of the language as expressed in its creative artifacts
METHODOLOGY: The format of the class is the work-shop model. The instructor will guide the students in accomplishing the tasks listed above. A typical session will involve some degree of practicing pronunciation, construing of texts, and supplementing the materials with cultural backgrounds. Students must be prepared each day.
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Gordon, R. K. (ed.) Anglo-Saxon Poetry. Dutton, 1927.
Green, Charles. Sutton Hoo: The Excavation of a Royal Ship Burial. Merlin Press, 1963.
Mayr-Harting, Henry. The Coming of Christianity to Anglo-Saxon
Owen, Gale R. Rites and Religions of the Anglo-Saxons.
Quennell, Marjorie and C. H. B. Everyday Life in Roman and Anglo-Saxon Times. Batsford, 1959.
Scott, Arthur F. The Saxon Age: Commentaries of an Era. Croom Helm, 1979.
Stenton, Frank M. Anglo-Saxon
Whitelock, Dorothy. English
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Whitelock, Dorothy. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1961.
Whitelock, Dorothy. The Beginnings of English Society. Penguin, 1952.
Wilson, David M. The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon
Wilson, David M. The
Wrenn, Charles L. A Study of Old English Literature. Harrap, 1967.
SCHEDULE OF CLASSES:
15 How to Use This Book; Introduction (pp. 1-16)
20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
22 Chapter I: Spelling, Pronunciation, and Punctuation (pp. 17-23)
27 Chapter II: Introduction, Vocabulary, The Expression of Relationships (pp. 25-33)
29 Chapter II: The nominative and accusative cases, The genitive case, The dative case, Person and Gender (pp. 33-38)
3 Chapter II: ‘No paradigms please’ (pp. 38-44) Consult the paradigm section in the back of the book (pp. 339-350)
5 Chapter II: The Old English Verb System and Its Modern Counterpart (pp. 44-50)
10 Chapter II: And Now Some Practice (pp. 50-52)
12 Chapter II: Adverbs, Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections (pp. 52-59)
17 Chapter II: The Germanic Element Orders of Old English, Old English Sentence Structure (pp. 59-66)
19 Chapter II: The tying together of sentences and clauses, The separation of elements, The apo koinou construction, A passage from the Old English poem Andreas (pp. 66-72)
24 Test One
26 Chapter III: Literature (pp. 73-76), Blooms from the Poetry (pp. 287-296)
3 Chapter III: History––Celtics, Romans, and Anglo-Saxons
5 Chapter III: History––The Scandinavian incursions (pp. 85-89), Archbishop of York calls for repentance (pp. 285-287)
8-16 SPRING BREAK
17 Chapter III: History––The reign of King Alfred, The English kings
(pp. 89-94), New deal for education (pp. 268-271)
19 Chapter III: History––The Danes and the Normans (pp. 94-99)
24 Chapter III: Archaeology, Arts, and Crafts––The Sutton Hoo Burial Ship (pp. 99-107)
26 Chapter III: Sculpture (pp. 140-153), The Dream of the Rood (pp. 332-337)
Chapter III: Stone and
2 Chapter III: Manuscripts (pp. 174-184)
7 Chapter III: Test Two
III: Life in the Heroic Society and the
14 Chapter III: Life in the Heroic Society and the Impact of Christianity Craftsmen, farmers, and other male members of society (pp. 206-208), Women (pp. 208-218)
16 Chapter III: The Wife’s Lament (pp. 305-307)
21 Chapter III: Life in the Heroic Society and the Impact of Christianity Amusements and entertainments (pp. 218-223), The impact of Christianity (pp. 223-232)
23 Chapter III: Life in the Heroic Society and the Impact of Christianity ‘This transitory life’ (pp. 232-243)
28 The Wanderer (Handout and pp. 309-310)
30 The Seafarer (pp. 310-313)
5 Selections from Beowulf
7 Reading Day
Final Exam: Probably a group pot-luck dinner at my home. Exam will be take-home. Short reports on projects
will be shared at the dinner.
There will be two tests, a final exam, and a research project. Each category will count a third of the final grade, the two tests representing one sixth a piece. See notes 3 and 4 below for class participation and attendance as they may affect one’s assessment.
NOTES: 1) Class Content: English 510 is designed with a threefold purpose: (a) A beginning course in the language, (b) The reading of selected texts in the original, and (c) A general exposure to the essential aspects of Anglo-Saxon culture. In addition to reviewing grammatical constructions and translating, each class will spend some time addressing the history, art, everyday life, and customs of the times. Students will do research and write a report on an Anglo-Saxon artifact, poem, or site.
2) Class Format: The class will operate on the workshop model. The instructor will provide guidance, share knowledge of the culture, and assist each student individually on the research projects. The learning of the language and the translating of texts will be engaged cooperatively.
3) Class Participation: The normal class procedure is to call on students regularly for the interpretation of grammatical constructions and translation of passages. Consistent class preparation is essential. Habitual lack of readiness will result in the lowering of a student's overall grade.
4) Attendance Policy: Students are allowed four cuts for whatever reason. After that a letter grade is dropped from the final average. After eight cuts, then two grades are dropped, and so on. Tardiness is counted as a cut.
5) Bad Weather Policy: Class will be held unless there is a media announcement that the University is closed.