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Exploration : Introduction to Old English, Heroism in Anglo-Saxon England

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Teacher(s): Juliette Vuille
Lecturer(s): -

Validity: 2018 -> 2018

No timetable defined.


Autumn semester
2 hours per week
28 hours per semester

Teaching language(s): English
Public: Yes
Credits: 4.00


In a land where Germanic heroes and shining women of good counsel ruled the poetic imaginaire, the question remains, who, or what, is a hero? Is this a gendered concept, or is it possible to conceive of female heroes, such as perhaps Judith or Elene?

This seminar will enable students to discover the general definition of heroism, and, specifically, the Germanic, and early Christian, conception of the hero, through such texts as The Battle of Brunanburh, The Dream of The Rood, Beowulf, Judith, and Elene.

This seminar will strive to deepen students' engagement with Old English language and culture by combining an exploration of heroes and heroines in Old English Literature with an introduction to Old English grammar and short translations from the Monasteriales indicia (monks' sign language), prognostics, and riddles.


1) A written mid-term evaluation consisting of a 500-word close-reading of a passage from the texts studied in class. The time allocated is 90 minutes. The result will count for 30% of the final mark.
2) A final evaluation consisting of a 1,000-word essay, to be written with the support of the primary material and an English-English dictionary. The time allocated is 120 minutes. The result will count for 70% of the final mark.


A reader will be provided with facing Old English and Modern English translation.

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