ENGL 4300 ANGLO-SAXON LITERATURE (3 credits)
From the sixth to the eleventh centuries, a people known collectively as the Anglo-Saxons ruled Britain, giving it a new name and establishing the roots of the modern English language. Anglo-Saxon culture continues to haunt the modern imagination. We study the historic, artistic and intellectual environment that produced this influential literary tradition. We also place these people, their language, and their writings within the context of the broader early medieval world. Finally, we engage with some of the foremost modern scholars of this fascinating culture. (Cross-listed with ENGL 8306).