A study of selected Old English poetry and prose of the reign of King Alfred, and of important short poems.
This paper provides an introduction to Old English language and to Anglo-Saxon literature
and culture. The latter half of the paper focuses on shorter poems, read in the original
language. These include The Dream of the Rood, The Wanderer and Wulf and Eadwacer.
Some prose texts that illuminate the poetry or otherwise provide insights into Anglo-Saxon
culture are also included.
The paper assumes no prior knowledge of Old English and will take you through some of the basic language and grammar before we begin to read the literature. Old English is and is not a foreign language (depending on your point of view!) Success and satisfaction in the paper depend on your regular attendance and completion of the progressive exercises and worksheets so that your command of the language grows week by week.
|Paper title||Old English|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$851.85|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,585.00|
- 18 200-level ENGL points
- ENGL 225
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of English and Linguistics website
- Teaching staff
- Convenor: Dr Greg Waite
- Baker, P.S. An Introduction to Old English, 3rd edition (Blackwell)
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking,
Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research.
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- Learning Outcomes
- The aims of the paper are:
- To attain a basic grasp of the language system of Old English
- To read and analyse representative examples of Old English prose and poetry
- To attain a basic understanding of the history and culture of the Anglo-Saxon period