English 200d. Advanced Topics in Old English: The Riddle Tradition

Instructor: Daniel Donoghue
Day & Time: TBD | Location: TBD

For students who have a reading knowledge of Old English, this seminar will build upon that competence and offer new directions to pursue. How do we define a riddle? What’s the difference between it and other kinds of enigmatic discourse? The genre of riddles opens up questions concerning the relation between language and reality, human perception, and the construction of meaning.