Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG240Y1Y L0101

ENG240Y1Y   L0101   MWF11
Old English Language and Literature
Instructor: Prof. F. Michelet

Office Telephone: 416-978-4553
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 928

Brief Description of Course:
Prepares students to read the oldest English literary forms in the original language. The beginning of the course will focus on grammar acquisition; more time will be devoted to reading and translation as we progress. Introduces the earliest English poetry in a woman's voice, expressions of desire, religious fervour, and the agonies of war. Texts, written 680 - 1100, range from the epic of Beowulf the dragon-slayer to ribald riddles.

Required Reading: Mitchell and Robinson, A Guide to Old English, 8th edition (Oxford: Blackwell, 2012).

First Three Authors/Texts:  Ælfric, Alfred, Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.

Method of Evaluation: Quizzes, test, essay, exam

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