English 102rdw. Introduction to Old English: Riddles, Dreams, Wonders

Instructor: Daniel Donoghue
Terms: Fall Term

Tuesdays, 2-4 pm | Location: Memorial Hall 028

In this course, you will learn to read English as it was written a thousand years ago, beginning with a grammatical overview and ultimately translating a wide array of the earliest English literature, from riddles and dream guides to monastic sign language and travel narratives. Throughout, we will examine varying assumptions about knowledge and knowledge production, literature and literary theory then and now, focusing in particular on texts that instruct their readers in how to read them—from magical incantations to manuals on how to predict the future.

Note: When taken together with English 103 (or equivalent, the year-long Old English series fulfills the English Department’s Foreign Literature requirement.

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