School of English and Drama

Introduction to Old English

Module code: ESH253

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

  • Semester 1: Monday 11 am - 1 pm

Contact: Dr Alfred Hiatt
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.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5