L304 / D601 Old English

Fall 2010

Dr. Damian Fleming

 

 

Class meeting: MW 3:00 - 4:15 pm LA 144

Office Hours:  MW 11 am - 1 pm (or by appointment)

Office: LA 149 (in English Department)

Contact information:      Office phone: (260) 481-0192

Email: flemingd@ipfw.edu

 

Course  Website: http://users.ipfw.edu/flemingd/OE_Fall_10.html

 

Course Description:

An introduction to the language and culture of the Anglo-Saxons: Old English, the oldest surviving version of the English language.  Students will learn how to pronounce and translate Old English while learning about the culture of England c. 700 – 1100 CE.  In addition to studying a wide variety of texts in the original, we will spend some time studying the epic Beowulf in translation.

 

 

Required Texts (Available at IPFW Bookstore):

·         The Cambridge Old English Reader¸ Richard Marsden (Cambridge, 2004) ISBN: 0521456126

 

·         Beowulf, A New Translation for Oral Delivery, Translated, with an Introduction, by Dick Ringler, (Hackett, 2007) ISBN:(0-87220-893-1)/(978-0-87220-893-3)

Always bring the appropriate text to class; it is necessary for informed discussion; failure to bring your text to class is equivalent to an absence (and you better check out the attendance policy).

 

 

Course Requirements:

  1. Daily attendance; close critical reading and preparation of all assignments; enthusiastic participation in discussion and translation
  2. Lots and lots of translation and memorization, which will be checked by weekly quizzes
  3. Memorization and recitation of the Fæder ure and a selection of Old English poetry
  4. Occasional in-class and take-home written assignments
  5. Research Project on Old English text
  6. Midterm and Cumulative Final

 

Attendance policy:

This course is based in active participation; as a result, attendance in class is essential.  

 

·         3 absences: participation grade = 0%

·         4 absences = course failure

 

NOTE:

·         There are NO excused absences.

·         Excessive lateness will count as an absence.

·         Leaving class early will count as an absence.

·         Sleeping in class will count as an absence.

 

Regardless of cause, you are responsible for all work missed during absences, including changes to the class schedule announced in class.

 

Students who miss the first day of class are required to hand in a signed Syllabus Contract before Monday, Sept 30.  Failure to do so will result in a failing grade for the course. 

 

Writing Assignments:

Engrave the following on your brain:

·         I do not accept any late work

·         Grade for late work: 0%, returned without comment

    • Computer mishaps are not an acceptable excuse.

 

Give yourself plenty of time and leeway to get your work done and to deal with bumps in the road should they occur.  Pretend, at least for this class, that you are operating in the real world.

 

Failure to submit any written assignment will result in a failing grade for the course

 

Exams and Quizzes:

We will have a midterm and a final based on the text readings and material covered in class.  Both exams will contain translation work. 

 

We will also have occasional quizzes.  Quizzes cannot be made up.

 

Recitation: 

 

Each student will MEMORIZE and RECITE two passages of Old

English.  Everybody will memorize and recite the Fæder ure on

Monday, Sept 20.  If you’ve never done anything like this before, I

suggest you get started as soon as possible.  For the second

memorization students will either memorize Cædmon’s Hymn or the first 10 lines of Beowulf, for recitation on Monday, Nov. 8.

 

Translation Work: 

 

Most of the day-to-day work for this class will be translating.  Our textbook gives you most of the “answers” on the page; I will give you rather short assignments.  As a result, your translation should be extremely well prepared before you come to class.  You will write out or type a modern English translation of the assignment which I will collect at the beginning of each class.  Additionally, you will have read over the original and your translation a number of times so that it makes sense to you in Old English.  Thus when I randomly call on you to translate aloud in class, you will have no problem.  Both your written translation and in-class verbal translations will be graded. 

 

Grading:

        Participation/recitation:                                      10%

          Research Project:                                        20%

          Quizzes and translation work:                    20%

          Midterm and Final                                      50%

 

Grade Scale:


A          95–100  Outstanding Scholarship

A -        90–94

B+        87–89

B          84–86    Superior

B–        80–83

C+        77–79

C          74–76    Average

C–        70–73

D+        65–69

D          60–64    Lowest passing quality

F          below 60


 

Students with disabilities:

In accordance with University policy, if you have a documented disability, you may be eligible to request accommodations from the office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). Students with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations and should have equal access to learning.  If you have any questions or you believe you need accommodations, contact the SSD office, Walb Union 113, Phone/TTD: 260 - 481 - 6657 http://www.ipfw.edu/ssd/

 

Keep in mind that accommodations are not retroactive so it is best to register as soon as possible so that timely arrangements can be made.

 

For all Students:

No retroactive accommodations can be made.  If you feel that you have an issue which may affect your ability to succeed in this class, you must come see me before you’ve defaulted on the class.  Hopefully, any issue can be resolved, but no issue can be resolved after the fact. 

 

 

Academic honesty:

 

USING ANOTHER PERSON’S WORDS OR IDEAS WITHOUT ATTRIBUTION IS PLAGIARISM.

Plagiarism will earn you an F for the course, and possible expulsion from the University.  If you borrow an idea or quote from another author, you must cite where you found the material. If you have any questions about citing sources, please **ASK** before your turn in an assignment.  I am happy to help, or visit the Writing Center. http://www.ipfw.edu/casa/writing/)

 

Concerning Text-Messaging in Class

       Text-messaging during the class period will result in a failing grade         for the course

 

If you find you have any questions about your final grade for the course, this link may prove helpful

 

Schedule:

 

**note: This schedule is subject to change; missing class is NOT an excuse for not knowing about changes to the schedule (see above: attendance).

 

Letter/number combinations in parentheses (e.g., “(A1)” ) refer to the paragraph divisions in the Grammar section of our text book, pp.355–395

1

M

23

Intro to class

Request access to wiki

W

25

Intro to OE

Grammar Assessment

OE Phrase book

Read OER xxix-xxxiv

Pick an Anglo-Saxon name

Practice Reading and memorizing Faeder ure aloud

Use pronunciation links

2

M

30

Using the book

Memorize Demonstrative Pronoun (A1)

Introduction to case

Break into groups for Colloquy OER 1 “In the Schoolroom”

W

1

More on Case, esp. Nouns (B, D)

Demonstrative Pronoun Quiz

Memorize "Useful Old English" (394-395)

3

M

LABOR

W

8

Colloquy Performances

Project Step 1: Topic

4

M

13

OER 13: Flood (1-7)

Personal Pronouns Quiz (A2.a,b), also here

Strong verbs (G3)

Hand-in translation

W

15

OER 13: Flood (7-17)

Hand-in translation

Weak verbs (G4)

5

M

20

OER 13: Flood (-end)

Faeder ure recitation day!

Hand-in translation

W

22

OER 27: Falling in Love

Hand-in translation

6

M

27

OER 27: Falling in Love

Hand-in translation

W

29

OER 27: Falling In Love

Hand-in translation

7

M

4

OER 8: England Under Attack

Hand-in translation

W

6

OER 8: England Under Attack

Hand-in translation

8

M

FALL BREAK

W

13

OER 8: England Under Attack

Project Step 2: Biblio

9

M

18

Midterm Review

W

20

Midterm Exam

10

M

25

OER 16: A Translator's Prob

W

27

OER 16: A Translator's Prob

11

M

1

OER 16: A Translator's Prob

W

3

OER 16: A Translator's Prob

12

M

8

2nd Recitation

W

10

13

M

15

Introduction to Manuscripts

W

17

Manuscripts

Start reading Beowulf (in translation)

14

M

22

OE Poetry: Beowulf

Project Step 4: Project DUE

THANKS

15

M

29

Beowulf

Manuscript exercise due

W

1

Beowulf

Project Step 5,6: Wikipedia

16

M

6

Beowulf

W

8

Beowulf

Project Step 7: Peer Evals

FINAL:

Friday, Dec. 17, 1-3 p.m.