ENG428 201701 Undergraduate

Term: 
Fall 2017
Course: 
ENG 428
Applies To: 
Undergraduate
Sections: 
Title: 
Old English I
Instructors: 

Stephanie Clark

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-3960
  • Office: 374 PLC
  • Office Hours: S20: R 12:00-3:00 or by appointment
Department Section Description: 

ENG 428/528 is a course in learning to read and understand Old English, the language of the Anglo-Saxons (the English between the years 449 and 1066). We will concentrate on language basics, creating a firm foundation for reading Old English literature in later courses, and enabling you to communicate simple ideas in Old English (“Ic eom freond! No ic ne eom viking!”). The focus of this term will therefore be grammar and vocabulary, although we will also read short, simple texts. Thus, besides one day saving your life, this course will also increase your understanding of grammatical concepts helpful for any language, enrich your historical understanding of modern English, and introduce you to the history and culture of Anglo-Saxon England. In addition, training in grammatical analysis will help train you in detail-oriented, orderly habits of mind and increase your ability think abstractly about language.

Fulfills: 

Old Major: A-Literature Pre-1500

Literature, Pre-1500 courses focus on writings produced from the Anglo-Saxon to late medieval periods to foster familiarity with key works in British and American literary history.  Literary history illustrates how literary works reflect, address, and resist the social and political environments in which they are produced as well as other works that have preceded them.  The study of early periods in particular sensitizes readers to historical transformations of the language itself.

A-Literature Pre-1500

Literature, Pre-1500 courses focus on writings produced from the Anglo-Saxon to late medieval periods to foster familiarity with key works in British and American literary history.  Literary history illustrates how literary works reflect, address, and resist the social and political environments in which they are produced as well as other works that have preceded them.  The study of early periods in particular sensitizes readers to historical transformations of the language itself.

English Minor

English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts.  The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.