Old English II: Words, Wisdom and the Woman's Voice LI B

English, School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies

College of Arts and Law


Code 13147

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 10

Semester 2

Module description

This module offers the opportunity to improve a reading knowledge of Old English and to explore the nature, meanings and uses of Old English poetic language in Old English elegiac poetry and related texts. Students consider poems in the woman's voice, 'Wulf and Eadwacer' and 'The Wife's Lament', considering them in relation to the elegy and in relation to representations of women as speakers of prophecy, elegy and wisdom in other Old English texts including Beowulf. Students may revisit texts studied at level 1 but must not repeat material previously submitted for assessment