ENG 701: SEMINAR IN MEDIEVAL LITERATURE
Anglo-Saxon (Old English) Language and Literature
A study of the language and literature of the Anglo-Saxon (Old English) period (A.D. 449-1066). Course work will deal with reading, translation and interpretation of Anglo-Saxon prose and poetry; consideration of cultural and historical backgrounds; as well as study of the grammar of Old English. Readings will include texts such as The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, The Wanderer, The Dream of the Rood, The Battle of Maldon, and Beowulf.
TEXTBOOKS (Available at Creighton Bookstore):
Bruce Mitchell & Fred C. Robinson, A Guide to Old English, 7th ed., (Blackwell Publishers, 2007) ISBN 1-4051-4690-7 (previous editions, 5th ISBN 0-631-16657-2 or 6th ISBN 0-631-22636-2, are also fine)
Nicholas Howe, ed., E. Talbot Donaldson, trans., Beowulf : A Prose Translation, (Norton, 2002) ISBN: 0-393-97406-5
John Richard Clark Hall, Herbert D. Meritt, A Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary, 4th reprint edition, (University of Toronto Press, 1984) ISBN: 0-8020-6548-1
Kevin Crossley-Holland, The Anglo-Saxon World: An Anthology, (Oxford University Press, 1999) ISBN: 0-19-283547-5
Some useful websites for students of medieval language and literature:
Other recommended materials available at the Reinert Alumni Library include the following:
In addition to the Hall & Meritt dictionary that you will purchase for this class, you may also find useful the following dictionaries in the Reference Collection at the Reinert Alumni Library:
1) Two Exams (50%)
Both exams will feature exercises in translation, textual commentary and interpretation, as well as questions on Anglo Saxon history, culture, and language.
2) Term Project and Presentation (25%)
Students will design and pursue a project (analytical/research paper, creative writing, art/craft work, film, documentary, website, etc.) related to any aspect of the course materials. All projects must be presented to the class. Projects may be papers (10 pp., including analysis and research, MLA format) dealing with any features of the language, literature, or culture of the Anglo-Saxon period (quotations from Old English texts must be in the original language and accompanied by appropriate translations). Other projects may include creative writing and art work (painting, music, sculpture, film, etc.) clearly inspired by, relevant to, and engaging the subject matter of the course. ALL PROJECTS MUST INVOLVE AND INCORPORATE RESEARCH OF PRIMARY (ORIGINAL TEXTS) AND SECONDARY (SCHOLARLY COMMENTARIES) SOURCES. BIBLIOGRAPHY IS REQUIRED REGARDLESS OF THE TYPE OF PROJECT. ALSO REQUIRED IS ENGAGEMENT OF THE ANGLO-SAXON LANGUAGE. In general, students are encouraged to choose materials and media which are interesting and stimulating and should not feel limited to traditional academic topics or techniques. All projects must be approved by the instructor in advance (see schedule below for project proposal deadline).
3) Participation, Involvement, and Other Performance (25%)
In addition to other grades, the instructor will assess and grade each student's overall accomplishment, development, and involvement in the course. This grade will take into account aspects of a student's performance such as class participation, preparation, contributions, effort, attentiveness, improvement, responsibility, and constructive engagment of the course materials.
4) Other Policies
Grading: All aspects of the course will be graded on a 100-point scale where 90-100 = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C, and 0-69 = F. For details, see "Grading Criteria for Graduate Students."
Deadlines: Make-ups/extensions for a missed deadline will only be given in cases of documented serious illness or other valid, non-frivolous excuse such as documented participation in official University academic, service or sports events (it will be up to the instructor to determine and decide on the acceptability of an excuse). Otherwise, students must meet all deadlines specified in the syllabus.
Attendance Policy: An attendance measurement will be calculated equal to the percentage of total class time attended. The course grade may not exceed that percentage (i.e. if a student attended only 75% of the total class time, the course grade may not be higher than 75 or C). Notice also that, at the discretion of the instructor, any student missing more than 30% of the total class time may fail the course. All absences, regardless of the reason, are taken into account in the calculation of the attendance percentage.
Academic Honesty and Class Conduct Policy: All students in the class are expected to observe the University's guidelines on student conduct as described in the Code of Conduct and Creighton University's Student Handbook (especially the section on "Academic Honesty Policy" dealing with problems of plagiarism, cheating, etc.). All work turned in for credit in this course must be personal and original, produced during the course of the semester and for the specific purposes and according to the guidelines of the given assignments. Any misrepresentations, concealments, or distortions of source, origin, collaboration or authorship of such materials will be considered forms of academic dishonesty and will result in failing the given assignment or, at the discretion of the instructor, the entire course. Problems such as repeated lateness arriving to class (or departing early), inattentiveness, or disruptive behavior will adversely affect attendance and/or the class participation grade. Seriously disruptive behavior can also result, at the discretion of the instructor, in more severe penalties, including failing the entire course.
Email Communication: The University considers a student's Creighton email address the official means of communication with faculty and administrators. All students are responsible for checking their email messages as they might contain important and time-sensitive information relevant to the course, including notifications on changes to reading and other assignments, deadlines, class cancellations or reschedulings, etc. A student who prefers to receive email at a different address must inform the instructor.
Special Needs or Accommodations: Any student requiring special arrangements or other accommodations, due to disabilities and or other special circumstances, is encouraged to request such arrangements from the instructor and the Office of Disability Accommodations.
Students must make sure to complete the reading by the date indicated. Class work will involve discussion of Anglo-Saxon literature, language, history, and culture, as well as in-class reading and translation of original texts. It is important that students prepare at home by reading the original text and correspoding translations, consulting dictionaries, and taking notes.Notice all students will be called on during class to read out loud, translate selected portions of the texts, and answer questions on their grammatical and other features.
Mon Jan 14
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Mon Apr 14
EXAM # 2-- a special time will have to be determined for the exam to take place the week of April 14
Mon Apr 21
Mon Apr 28
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Last updated: 01/12/2008