English | Old English Literature
L711 | 25274 | Fulk
L711 25274 FULK (#1)
Old English Literature
5:45p – 8:45p T
A reading knowledge of Old English is required, and so a
prerequisite is G601 or an equivalent elementary Old English course.
A good part of the semester will be devoted to intensive study of
the Exeter Book, both the shorter lyrics and the longer narrative
poems. We will also study a few poems from other sources, and some
prose selections, with the aim of illustrating the wide variety of
textual types in Old English. In the earlier portion of the course
there will be some attention to honing competence in the language of
poetry, as most of those enrolled will not have taken L710
(Beowulf). Over the course of the semester we will devote individual
class periods to exploring major critical issues, with a particular
focus on those relevant to textual editing, but also, for example,
the identification of genres, research in sources and analogues,
authorship and date, metrics, theories of composition, stylistics,
historical and comparative approaches, manuscript studies, and the
history of OE scholarship (historical, aesthetic, formalist,
exegetical/patristic, postmodernist). Each member of the seminar
will write a substantial research paper. In addition, since this is
a seminar, members of the class will engage in typical seminar
activities, including presenting reports on works of scholarship. If
the class size permits, each member will present a report on her/his
research at the end of the semester. Since time will be limited, we
will need to make good use of every class session, and so members of
the seminar should come to the first session prepared to translate
and discuss The Fortunes of Men and Part II of Maxims I (lines 71–
137). These are both in the Exeter Book.
Texts: Krapp, G. P., and E. Van K. Dobbie, edd., The Exeter Book
(Columbia Univ. Press).
Clark Hall, John R., A Concise Anglo Saxon Dictionary, 4th ed.
(Univ. of Toronto Press).
Other readings will be made available in Oncourse.