Students in this course will develop elementary Old English language skills, which they will use to read a selection of texts dealing with religious identity and alterity. The focus in this course will be translation as a route to close-reading of the original text; students will also be expected to familiarise themselves with genres such as homilies, saints’ lives and religious poetry, and to develop a historical awareness of early medieval England.

This course will use Murray McGillivray’s Old English Reader (Broadview: 2011). Students may purchase hard copies from Payot, or the e-book from Broadview [http://broadviewpress.com/product.php?productid=1059&cat=0&page=1  ]