310 is an introduction to the Old English language (its phonology,
morphology, and syntax) and to Old English literature. A guide
is available here. We meet Mondays
and Wednesdays at 11:00am until 12:15pm.
BOOKS: We will
1) Mitchell & Robinson, A
Guide to Old English, 6th edition (Blackwells);
R. Clark Hall, A Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary, 4th
edition (University of Toronto); and
3) Stephen Barney, Word
There are a number
of recommended readings. These are available in the library,
or at any of the dozens of libraries in the vicinity. You need
purchase none of these. I will also be providing numerous handouts,
and we will be using Michael Drout's online grammar as a supplement
to M&R: King Alfred's
books are available at Odyssey Books in South Hadley. You
may want to buy James Campbell et al., The Anglo-Saxons (Penguin),
which is an inexpensive, extensively illustrated, and excellent
introduction to Anglo-Saxon England from its beginnings to
the Norman Conquest.
begin with an introduction to the language of Anglo-Saxon England
in the ninth century. You must be competent (or
very quickly become competent) in English grammar. We will discuss
various aspects of the language's syntax, morphology, phonology,
and history. This will continue throughout the course. We will
also translate and discuss Old English poems, saints' lives,
wills, charters, and so forth. Finally, we will discuss briefly
the culture of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages in order
to contextualize the Old English texts.
Each class will begin
with a discussion of grammar, then move to textual translation
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Attendence
is very strongly encouraged. Lectures and discussions provide
much of the material for which you are responsible. I will not
repeat a lecture, summarize a lecture, or provide anyone with
my lecture notes.
is a midterm exam, a late-semester test, and a final
Midterm is 25%; late-semester
test is 25%; and final paper is 50% of your total grade.
must be handed in at the beginning of class on the date due.
Late papers will not be accepted.
- All missed
assignments get an "F." If you foresee being absent, please
let me know well beforehand.
gets an "F." This may be for the paper or for the course, at
my discretion. Please check your student handbook and college
guidelines for more on plagiarism.
- All papers
must be typed or word-processed.
GRADING: See my Undergraduate Grading Policies.
CONFERENCES: Everyone is encouraged to meet with me at
least once during the semester. I will try to be available Mondays
and Wednesdays during office hours. (Please do let me know beforehand
if you want to meet.) Otherwise, please make an appointment to
meet with me at a time convenient to you and I will try to oblige.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, I am to be found at UMass,
Bartlett Hall, room 259.
ACADEMIC HONESTY: Each author's ideas, words, and phrasing
are his or her own. If you reproduce them without due recognition,
then you have committed plagiarism. If you have any question whatsoever
about whether you might be committing plagiarism, please consult
with me or another professor before submitting your work. On the
whole, the college expects you to act and write with the highest
degree of integrity.
NOTE 1: Please make
and keep a copy of all your assignments. That copy may be a disc
copy. In case any difficulties arise with respect to misplaced
assignments or with respect to discrepancies between your records
and my own, I will accept the evidence of your computer system's
dating function. For your own peace of mind, I suggest that you
lock any document on the day it is due. That will prevent your
system from associating your document with a later date.
NOTE 2: The
schedule of this course is subject to change. It is not to be
construed as a substitute for your attendance or as a catalogue
of all the information for which you are responsible. All changes
will be announced beforehand. This syllabus and the accompanying
schedule constitute a binding contract between a student and
professor. If you do not agree with any of the provisions set
herein and as of this moment, then you are free to drop this
class within the time allotted by the college.
NOTE 3: All
material pertaining to this course--namely but not exclusively
handouts, quizzes, exams, tests, maps, graphs, charts, printed
matter, electronic matter including but not limited to this syllabus
material and is subject to international and US laws of copyright.
Enrollment in this course constitutes tacit acceptance of this
agreement and of the copyright claims made therein. Any breach
of this agreement or use of copyrighted material by any member
of the university or the public without prior consent will be
met with lots and lots of legal action.