ENGLISH 407 - Topics in English Language and Literature
Winter 2022, Section 005 - Pathless Places in Old English Literature
Instruction Mode: Section 005 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/5/22 - 4/19/22 (see other Sections below)
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From The Wanderer's lonely laments on the ice-cold sea to the surprising adventures of saints like Euphrosyne and King Edmund, the Old English corpus is full of liminal or contested space: places that are halfway between what we know, and what we have yet to discover. Sometimes these spaces are literal landscapes—but they can also be metaphorical spaces of spiritual or intellectual exploration, or socio-cultural spaces of gender and class. In this course, we will explore such “pathless places” in Old English literature together, revisiting texts written more than a thousand years ago with the aim of discovering something new. 

This class will focus on reading and critical analysis of Old English literature in the original language.

Course Requirements:

Assignments will include weekly translation and discussion of texts, five language quizzes, one short in-class presentation, and a final 10-page research essay.

Required texts: Peter Baker’s Introduction to Old English Literature. Other primary Old English texts and secondary readings will be provided in PDF form.

Intended Audience:

This is an Old English language course. Prior Old English language experience is recommended, but not required. A refresher/accelerated introduction to the language will be provided at the beginning of the semester.


ENGLISH 407 - Topics in English Language and Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
002 (SEM)
 In Person
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
003 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
005 (SEM)
1/5/22 - 4/19/22

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