L304 / D601 Old English

Fall 2012

Dr. Damian Fleming

 

Class meeting: MW 4:30 - 5:45 pm LA 136

Office Hours:  MWF 12 am - 1 pm (or by appointment)

Office: LA 149

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

Email: flemingd@ipfw.edu

 

Course  Website: http://users.ipfw.edu/flemingd/OE_Fall_12.html

Course Wiki: http://oldenglish2012.pbworks.com

 

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):

·         A Gentle Introduction to Old English, Murray McGillivray, Broadview Press, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-55111-841-3

 

·         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 of translation and memorization, which will be checked by quizzes
  3. Memorization and recitation of the Fæder ure and a selection of Old English poetry
  4. Homework
  5. Research Project on an 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.  

 

·         2 absences: participation grade = 0%

·         3 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, August 27.  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

 

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 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 24.  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. 12.

 

Translation Work: 

A lot of the day-to-day work for this class will be translating.  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. 

 

Articles:

Each student must choose 4 articles (one from each Unit) to read and write a 300 word summary/reaction paper to before the due date for the article listed on the schedule.  Most of the articles are from Beowulf and Other Stories: A New Introduction of Old English, Old Icelandic, and Anglo-Norman Literature, available on reserve at Helmke.  The Table of Contents (with full titles and authors) can be on our wiki.

 

Research Project:

        Details coming soon

 

Grading:

        Participation/recitation:                                       9%

          Office visit:                                                  1%

          Research Project:                                        20%

          Quizzes and translation work:                    20%

Articles and Wiki-work                                20%

          Midterm and Final                                      30%

 

Grade Scale:


A          94–100  Outstanding Scholarship

A -        90–93

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 Texting in Class

       Texting 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).

 

 

Language

Other

AUG

1

M

20

Class Introduction

W

22

Get Wiki Access.  Introduce yourself

2

M

27

GIOE 1-2 (see http://oegrammar.ca/)

Read "How Difficult is the Old English Language"

W

29

GIOE 3

Read "Why Read Old English Literature"

3

M

LABOR DAY

SEPT

W

5

GIOE 4

Article Sign-up Due (Units 1-2)

4

M

10

GIOE 5 "cyning" paradigm quiz

Unit 1 Articles Due

W

12

"beon" and "habban" quiz

5

M

17

GIOE 6 "giefan" and "lufian" quiz

Unit 2 Articles Due

W

19

6

M

24

Fæder Ure Recitation Day

W

26

7

M

1

OCT

W

3

M

FALL

BREAK

Start Reading Beowulf in Translation

W

10

Midterm Exam

8

M

15

W

17

9

M

22

Burman Lecture

W

24

10

M

29

W

31

Beowulf Lecture

11

M

5

NOV

W

7

12

M

12

Second Recitation

W

14

13

M

19

W

21

THANKSGIVING

14

M

26

W

28

15

M

3

DEC

W

5

FINAL

W

12

FINAL EXAM 4pm-6pm