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Encounter : Exile and the Kingdom : The Old English Elegies

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Rory Critten
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2017 -> 2017

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


Scattered across the texts collected in the tenth-century Exeter Book of Old English verse there is a group of short philosophical poems that scholars traditionally refer to as the Old English elegies: The Wanderer, The Seafarer, Deor, Wulf and Eadwacer, The Wife's Lament, The Husband's Message, The Ruin, and the poems known as Resignation A and Resignation B. While they differ in style, these poems share an interest in the passage of time, in the transience of earthly things, and in the pain of absence and longing. In particular, they are concerned with the experience of exile, and with the imagination of kingdoms - past and future, earthly and heavenly - where their speakers might belong. This seminar offers students the opportunity to study the elegies in detail. Working directly with the original Old English, we will translate key portions of these poems into modern English (an introduction to translating Old English poetry will be offered). As well as attending to thematic issues, we will discuss the issues raised by translation as an interpretative practice. We will also consider the critical history of the elegies and the construction of the generic category to which they now belong by nineteenth-century scholarship. This class will appeal to students whose interests cover (among other topics) poetry (short forms), translation and translation studies, historical linguistics, and medievalism/the reimagination of the Middle Ages by post-medieval cultures.


An essay and translation project, to be discussed in class.

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