Department of English

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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: 
Bright, Old English Grammar (online)
Kim, Workbook (online)
Baker, Introduction to Old English (online through U of T library and for sale on Amazon)

Course Method of Evaluation and Course Requirements:
(1) Exploratory essay of ca. 3000 words on an Old English text that contains some element of word study-a close examination of the meaning, history, or function of a particular word, and its significance within a larger literary and/or textual context. We will discuss this assignment in more detail as it approaches. Late submissions may receive minimal comments. 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 (September 2021 to December 2022)
Time/Date: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Fridays (CHANGED DAY AND DELIVERY) 
ONLINE DELIVERY (SYNCHRONOUS), via teleconferencing.  Link to be sent to students directly by the instructor.  

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Introduction to Old English II: Beowulf
F. Michelet 

Course Description: (Revised December 2020)
This course is devoted to a collaborative reading and analysis of the Old English poem Beowulf: its language, its cultural and historical backgrounds, and its style. The work of our class will rely on close and informed attention to the poem's language and rhetorical strategies. In addition, we'll begin to explore some of the more technical aspects of studying Old English verse: possible topics include metrical analysis, paleography, and/or the problems of dating and authorship.

Completion of Old English I or its equivalent is desirable, but not a prerequisite.

Course Reading List:
Edition: R. D. Fulk et al., eds., Klaeber's Beowulf and the Fight at Finnsburg, 4th ed. (Toronto: U of Toronto Press, 2008). Secondary texts: TBA.

Course Method of Evaluation and Requirements:
Class time will be spent in discussion and translation of the poem. Each student will be expected to lead at least one seminar (with a 1-2 page critique handed in on the day of the seminar). Evaluation: class work: 15%; class presentations: 15%; short essay (abstract): 10%; final paper: 60%) 

Term: S-TERM (January 2022 to April 2022)
Time/Date: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Fridays 
 RM JHB 718 (Room Change) (Jackman Humanities Building, University of Toronto, 170 St. George Street)
Delivery: IN-PERSON 

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Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and Other Works
K. Gaston

Course Description:
Courses on Chaucer generally focus primarily on the Canterbury Tales, seen in modern times as the highest literary achievement of the preeminent author of the English Middle Ages. Medieval and early modern readers felt rather differently, however: for them Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde was the literary achievement that set the English poet in the ranks of Dante and Petrarch. This course includes a close reading of Troilus and Criseyde with some consideration of its European sources and analogues, including works by Boethius and Boccaccio, as well as earlier works by Chaucer.

Reading List:
The first texts we read will be Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy and The Book of the Duchess. Required texts are The Riverside Chaucer (3rd Edition) and a modern translation of The Consolation of Philosophy.

Course Method of Evaluation and Requirements:

Midterm Paper 20%; Final Paper Proposal 5%; Final Paper 45%; Presentation 10%; Class Participation 20%.

Term: S-TERM (January 2022 to April 2022)
Date/Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am, Tuesdays
Location: Online Delivery (contact the instructor directly about ZOOM etc.) Changed February 3, 2022.

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