Exploring Old English Texts - EN52024

Quick Facts

  • Postgraduate
  • 40 Credits
  • Semester 2
  • English - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 100%

Module Details

The module will explore the idea of manuscript unity and the way in which the texts found within the four main Anglo-Saxon poetic manuscripts (as well as within a collection of minor Old English poems) inter-relate.

Tutorials will be broken down as follows:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Junius Manuscript I
  3. The Junius Manuscript II
  4. The Vercelli Book I
  5. The Vercelli Book II
  6. The Beowulf Manuscript I
  7. The Beowulf Manuscript II
  8. The Exeter Book I
  9. The Exeter Book II
  10. Anglo-Saxon Minor Poems
  11. Revision


Dr Jodi-Anne George


Coursework makes up 100% of the assessment, as follows:

  • one 5,000 word essay (70%);
  • a 2,000 word literature review OR Annotated Bibliography (30%).


Required Reading

  • Baker, Peter S., Introduction to Old English (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007)
  • Bradley, S.A.J., Anglo-Saxon Poetry (London: Dent)

Recommended Reading:

  • Lionarons, Joyce Tally, Old English Literature in its Manuscript Context (Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 2004)

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