Introduction to Old English

Queen Mary, University of London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Old English

  • Host University

    Queen Mary, University of London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    English

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

    15
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Credits: 15.0
    Overlap: None
    Prerequisite: None

    This module will introduce you to the earliest literature in English, as well as to the earliest recorded form
    of the English language. The Old English period (fifth to mid-twelfth century) saw both the conversion of the
    English to Christianity and their introduction to writing and reading in the Roman alphabet. Its literature is
    accordingly a mixed one, poised between an oral, pagan past and a literate, Christian future. Both prose and
    verse texts will be read during the module. On completion of the module, you will be able to read Old English
    texts for yourself with the help of a glossary, and you will be well placed to pursue the study of Old English
    language and literature to a more advanced level. You will also gain an appreciation of the importance of the
    advent of literacy in the period for the development of new literary genres and form, and learn something of
    the preoccupations of the oral poetic performances that preceded literacy in England and the continental
    Germanic era.

    Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
    Level: 5

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