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ENGL225 Old English

A study of selected Old English poetry and prose.

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
Paper code ENGL225
Subject English
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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ENGL 121 or 36 points
ENGL 314
Schedule C
Arts and Music
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

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 18-22
Thursday 10:00-11:50 9-15, 17-22