ENGL 513 A: Old English Language and Literature

Meeting Time: 
TTh 9:30am - 11:20am
MGH 282
Paul Remley
Paul Remley

Syllabus Description:

ENGL 513A: Old English Language and Literature: _Beowulf_

This is the second part of the two-part sequence in Old English Language and Literature, completion of which may serve to fulfill a graduate language requirement. New students (including undergraduates: email remley@uw.edu) are also encouraged to join, and will be able get "up to speed" quickly over the course of the first two weeks. In this seminar we undertake a close reading of _Beowulf_, the most substantial surviving Old English poem, in the original language. Considerable attention will be paid to the most recent work in _Beowulf_ studies, notably Kevin S. Kiernan's controversial study of the unique manuscript; gender-studies-oriented criticism on Wealtheow and other female-identified figures in the poem; ideological background studies of the Germanic migrations; and archaeological and more broadly cultural approaches that may offer useful contextualization of this well-known -- but ultimately enigmatic -- poem.

Course Texts:

Klaeber, ed., _Beowulf_, rev. Fulk et al. (4th ed.)

Liuzza, trans., _Beowulf_ (2nd ed.; facing-page translation)

Alexander, ed. and trans., _Beowulf_ (Penguin edition with facing-page, word-by-word "gloss")


Also recommended:

Heaney, _Beowulf_ (facing-page translation)

Chickering, _Beowulf_: Dual-Language Text (facing-page translation extensive full notes)

Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 10:40pm