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Heroes and Saints: Old English Epic Tradition: graded paper - AAALA028B
Title: Svatí a hrdinové: staroanglická epická tradice: písemná práce
Guaranteed by: Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures (21-UALK)
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Actual: from 2022
Semester: summer
Points: 0
E-Credits: 3
Examination process: summer s.:written
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:0/0, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
Key competences:  
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Mgr. Helena Znojemská, Ph.D.
Co-requisite : AAALA028A
The course will examine a range of Old English narrative poems. Starting with texts which can be broadly defined
as secular, we will look at the variety of approaches and agendas which these texts represent and explore the
ways in which the concept of an underlying heroic poetic tradition is constructed from the limited extant material.
Religious epic will then be discussed in terms of its relation to models encountered in the secular poems. We will
concentrate especially on the presentation of the protagonist and his/her spiritual progress as well as on the order
of the world which the texts construct. Ultimately, the course should offer students a deeper insight into the
problems which shape our study and understanding of Old English poetry in general.

selections from:
The Finnsburh Fragment
The Battle of Maldon
The Battle of Brunanburh
Genesis B
Felix: Vita Sancti Guthlaci (in English)
Guthlac A, B
A selection of critical reading will be posted in Moodle. Primary texts will be provided with an interlinear gloss and
grammatical apparatus as well as translation for convenience, but an elementary working knowledge of Old
English (e.g. the basic paradigms), and a willingness to look beyond the translation to the original is requisite for a
fair treatment and discussion of the texts.

Students are expected to give one oral presentation and submit a paper of 2,500 words for a credit. An essay of
5,000 words should be submitted as a graded paper. Active participation is of the essence.

Last update: Znojemská Helena, Mgr., Ph.D. (31.05.2017)
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