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German 497: OLD SAXON

Syllabus

  Office: 259 Bartlett Hall
Office Hours: W and by appointment.
harris at english.umass.edu
COURSE:

German 497 is an introduction to the Old Saxon language (its phonology, morphology, and syntax) and to Old Saxon literature. Our focus this semester will be on the Heliand, a Germanic version of the Christian Gospels.

We meet F, 1:25 - 2:15pm, in Herter.
(Campus Map.)

BOOKS:

We will be using:
      James E. Cathey, ed. Heliand: Text and Commentary. West Virginia University Press, 2002.

I will provide handouts and links to PDFs.

The book is available at Amherst Books on Main Street in downtown Amherst.

STRUCTURE:


We begin with an introduction to the language as we translate. You must be competent in the fundamentals of German 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 the Heliand, and discuss briefly the culture of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages in order to contextualize the Old Saxon texts.

ATTENDANCE POLICY:


Attendence is very strongly encouraged. You are responsible for nothing–no quizzes, no tests, nada.

ASSIGNMENTS:


There is not a midterm exam, nor a final exam, nor many quizzes. No papers, no deadlines. Zilch. Null. Nichts.

GRADING:


You will not be graded, examined, tested, or inquired after.

CONFERENCES:


I am usually to be found in my office Wednesdays during my office hours. (Please 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.

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. Plagiarism earns the harshest punishment our university can offer. If you have any question whatsoever about whether you might be committing plagiarism, please consult me immediately. On the whole, the university expects you to act and write with the highest degree of integrity. For more information, consult your handbook or the pages in this site devoted to plagiarism (see "Resources").

NOTES:

NOTE 1: 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.

NOTE 2: All material pertaining to this course is copyrighted material.

NOTE 3: See Note 4.

NOTE 4: There is no note 4.

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To search the Anglo-Saxon Poetic Records, click here.

LINKS.

UMass Library
Google Books
Germanic Lexicon Project
The Labyrinth
Medieval Sourcebook
Norse Saga Net
Siever's Heliand
Bible (Douay-Rheims)Manuscripts of St. Gall
Viking Ship Museum