ENGL 239

Old English Language and Literature

Prerequisite: First-year students with permission. An introductory study of the vocabulary, grammar, and syntax of the Anglo-Saxon language. Because Old English is the linguistic ancestor of Modern English, students will learn some of the foundations of the language they speak as they begin translating prose and poetic texts from the 9th-11th centuries. Students will also consider elements of the Anglo-Saxon culture and poetics as they translate such poems as “The Dream of the Rood,” “Judith,” “The Seafarer,” and portions of “Beowulf.” V.2