Spring 2011

Old English and Beowulf

Listed in: English, as ENGL-76


Howell D. Chickering (Section 01)


This course has as its first goal the rapid mastery of Old English (Anglo-Saxon) as a language for reading knowledge.  Selected prose and short poems, such as The Wanderer and The Battle of Maldon, will be read in the original, with emphasis on literary appreciation as well as linguistic analysis.  After that, our objectives will be an appreciation of Beowulf in the original, through the use of the instructor’s dual-language edition, and an understanding of the major issues in interpreting the poem.  Students will declaim verses and write short critical papers.   Three class hours per week.

Spring semester.  Professor Chickering.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2011, Spring 2013