The lyfe so short, the craft so long to lerne...
Tutors: Dr Jennifer Neville, Dr Catherine Nall, and Dr Alastair Bennett
This is a full course-unit, taught over one term, in Term 2. It is an introductory course taken by all first-year Single Honours students and some second-year Joint Honours students. Its purpose is to provide students with elementary knowledge of the cultural, linguistic and literary contexts of Old and Middle English literature, and to examine representative works from the rich variety of verse, prose and drama of the period. Texts change from year to year, but they often include: The Battle of Brunanburh, The Wanderer, The Dream of the Rood, Beowulf, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Malory's Morte d'Arthur, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. It is necessary that you prepare yourself for this course by reading the longer works in advance and by doing some background reading. Please consult the Summer Reading List.
Course structure: You will attend two lectures, one language workshop, one seminar, and one study group per week over 11 weeks. A detailed schedule for the course, including dates for the submission of assignments, will be listed in the course booklet, which can be found on the Moodle site. The Moodle site also provides detailed instructions for work to be done week by week and resources to support your study.
Coursework: In addition to work that you prepare for your study groups and seminars, you will complete three hand-in assignments during the course. These include a translation and commentary on a passage from Old English, a translation and commentary on a passage from Middle English, and a research essay. Details for all these assignments will appear in your course booklet and on Moodle.
Assessment: The grade for the course is made up from the marks from the three coursework assignments. The breakdown of marks is as follows:
- Old English Translation & Commentary: 10%
- Middle English Translation & Commentary: 10%
- Research Essay: 80%