WiSe 15/16: VS-Modernity and Alterity in the Literatures of Medieval Britain II: The Epic Hero
Students will be familiarized with the characteristics of the genre of the medieval heroic epic and its relevance to postcolonial studies. The study of the function of the epic values displayed by ... read more
Students will be familiarized with the characteristics of the genre of the medieval heroic epic and its relevance to postcolonial studies. The study of the function of the epic values displayed by the heroes will be central to the course. We will read a variety of medieval English works, such as the Old English Beowulf and the Middle English romance Havelok, and contrast them with Seamus Heaney's Modern English rendering of Beowulf and the Scottish novel Magnus by George Mackay Brown.
Students will be expected to acquire copies of the following editions:
'Beowulf': Bilingual Edition, translated by Seamus Heaney (London: Faber & Faber, paperback edition, 2000);
The Tain, translated by Thomas Kinsella (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002); and
George Mackay Brown, Magnus(Edinburgh: Polygon/Birlinn, 2008).
Copies of selected passages from Friedrich Klaeber's edition of Beowulf and Gavin Douglas's Æneid and of the Middle English romance Havelok and will be made available to the students prior to the relevant sessions.
The language of instruction will be English; level C1-C2 is required.
The final mark will be based on regular attendance and performance in class, on an introductory talk to initiate class discussion and on a final essay related to the talk.