E 891 dl: Medieval Latin Authors

Schedule

 

This syllabus is subject to change. The latest version on this website is the binding syllabus.

Office: Bartlett 259
Office Hours: Wed and by appointment.
545-6598 | sharris at english.umass.edu

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W 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

WEEK 12: Bede
8 April

 

We will begin with Bede's Hymn to St. Athelthryth (read Book 4, chapters 19 and 20).

Next, we turn to the story of Caedmon in Bede's Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum, book 4.

I invite you to read more of Bede's HE.

 

Portrait of Bede by David Hewson

Our aim is a thick reading of Bede: appreciating his prose on grammatical, rhetorical, allusive, and theological levels. How do Bede's stories compare to the one we have seen in Augustine, Boethius, and the saints' lives?

Read:

1) Bede's Hymn to Aethelthryth (PDF below)

2) Bede, Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Book 4. (A servicable translation from the 1720's is here. Lots in the library.)

3) Browse Harris on Book 4 and on Aethelthryth (PDF)