Department of English

University of Toronto

1000 Series Course Descriptions

Old English I
A. Walton

Course Description:
An introduction for reading knowledge to the oldest literary form of English, with discussion of readings drawn from the surviving prose and verse literature.

Course Reading List: (subject to revision)
Mitchell, Bruce, and Fred C. Robinson. A Guide to Old English. 8 edition. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
Introduction to Old English Coursepack.

Course Method of Evaluation and Requirements:
(1) Exploratory essay of ca. 3000 words -- 40% of final mark
(2) Midterm - 20% of final mark
(3) Final - 30% of final mark
(4) Participation and quality of class contributions (including any assigned quizzes, short responses, and Blackboard posts) - 10% of final mark
Previous acquaintance with Latin, German, or other highly inflected language is useful but not essential.

Term: F-Term (Fall or First Term: September - December 2018)
Date/Time: Mondays, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, 3 hours
Location: Room JHB TBA (Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street)

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Old English II: Beowulf
H. Momma

Course Description:
This course is devoted to a reading of Beowulf, within the context of the English heroic age. The heroic concepts and values which inform the poem will be analyzed primarily through the poet's linguistic choices and rhetorical strategies: the poetic compounds he coins or appropriates, his appositions, variations, and digressions. Language will be used as a tool to explore cultural questions such as the manipulation of kindred and ethnic affinities and the constructions of legitimate and illegitimate violence. In addition, we will be concerned with questions of dating, of meter, of the authority of the manuscript, of the poem in its manuscript context, and, finally, of the evidence of archaeology.

Course Reading List:
Klaeber's Beowulf, 4th ed. (U of T Press, 2008) Other Required and Recommended Texts: available on the course website.

Course Method of Evaluation and Requirements:
Class attendance and participation (incl. super short presentations)* : 25%
Short essay (note-size; 3-5 pages) : 10%
Translation test : 30%
Long essay : 30%
Short oral presentation : 5%

Term: S-Term (Spring or Second Term: January - April 2019)
Date/Time: Tuesdays, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, 2 hours
Location: Room JHB TBA (Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street)

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