ENGLISH 409 - Old English
Section: 001
Term: FA 2019
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This class explores how people like us spoke and wrote our language 1000 years ago. It was so different it almost appears to be a foreign language. But as we learn the sound pattern, the words and sentences we used then, it begins to feel familiar. In addition to that, there will regular “aha!” moments when we understand something about our language which previously feel strange. At a time when most of western Europeans were forced to read and write in Latin, our Anglo-Saxon forebears experimented in reading and writing English, in varieties we call “Old English.” We will read original texts that give accounts of the settlement of England, the history of the people and their language, as well as descriptions of the daily lives of ordinary people. Old English poetry is a particular delight and includes heroic descriptions (like Beowulf), a love of nature and the sea, charms, spells and even recipes.

ENGLISH 409 - Old English
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001 (REC)
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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