English 103d. Beowulf and Seamus Heaney

Instructor: Daniel Donoghue

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12-1 pm | Location: Sever 111

Translations of excerpts from Beowulf will proceed in parallel with careful reading of Heaney’s verse translation. Questions concerning translation theory will emerge from the comparison of in-class efforts with Heaney’s and other versions. What is the relation between translation and interpretation? How does Heaney’s Beowulf compare with the body of poetry he has produced over the decades? The course begins with a review of grammar.

Note: With an honors grade, the Old English sequence fulfills the College language requirement and the English Department’s Foreign Literature requirement.

Recommended Prep: English 102 or equivalent.

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