ENGL 6120

ENGL 6120

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2021-2022.

Beowulf is about monsters, dragons and heroes and is the longest and most interesting Old English heroic poem. In this course we will read the poem in the original and discuss the critical and scholarly problems which the poem presents. Some knowledge of Old English is appropriate, but the class is open to beginners in Old English who will be provided with tutorial help in preparing and reading assigned passages. Among the topics we will discuss are the relationship of Beowulf to "pagan" practice and belief, the related question of  "Christianity and Paganism " in the poem, "Beowulf and the tradition of  Germanic heroic poetry", " Orality and Christian Latin learning "and "Beowulf, Tolkien, and the modern age". The course will be open to student initiatives, if students wish to explore such topics as Beowulf and archeology or the historical context of the poem.

When Offered Spring.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: one semester's study of Old English, or the equivalent, is recommended.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ENGL 3120MEDVL 3120MEDVL 6120

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  3888 ENGL 6120   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person