English 210. Early Middle English

Instructor: Daniel Donoghue
Terms: Fall Term

Mondays, 1-3 pm | Location: Barker 269

Post-Conquest literature in England witnessed the formation of new linguistic and national identities. At times retrospective and nostalgic, at times innovative, it was a period of ambivalence on many levels. We will read through a variety of genres, with facing page translations for the more difficult texts, but always with attention to the language. Texts include Lawman’s Brut, The Owl and the Nightingale, various lyrics, the South English Legendary, Sir Orfeo, Dame Sirith, and others.

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