Anglo-Saxon Language, Literature, and Culture
English 373R Fall
Utah Valley University
Instructor: Dr. Rick McDonald
Office Phone: 863‑8365
Office: LA 126f
M, W, & F
and by appointment.
I am readily
available to students on
email and respond during the week within 24 hours of
receiving an email.
Please have your UVU email account set or
forwarded to an
address that you
check regularly. We
will use UVU email, canvas, and my webpages as part
of this course.
English Grammar and Reader Robert E Diamond ISBN
Anglo-Saxons James Campbell ISBN 0-14-014395-5
(Dual Language Edition) Howell
Chickering ISBN 0-385-06213-3
Heliand: The Saxon Gospel G. Ronald Murphy ISBN
Highly Useful (and recommended):
Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary 4th edition Clark Hall ISBN
Articles on Electronic Reserve:
Password = mcdonaldengl373r –see class
Students will gain a rudimentary knowledge of
the Old English language and learn translation skills.
Students will learn to read and evaluate primary
and secondary texts concerning British Literature from AD 450
to 1100 (the
Students will learn about the historical,
social, and cultural milieu leading up to and including the
Students will develop their own readings and
understanding of the various sources through study of
cultural, historical, and
social factors affecting the texts under consideration.
Students will participate in group projects,
discussions, and brainstorming activities to mine deeper
meanings from the text
and present their findings to the class in various forms.
ABOUT THE COURSE:
This course has
grown out of student interest in the
Anglo-Saxon period. We will explore
History, Culture, Literature and Language as it relates to
Anglo-Saxon England and the people who made up Anglo-Saxon
England. You will be expected
Anglo-Saxon translation and language skills, study Anglo-Saxon
culture, and engage with Anglo-Saxon Texts in a number of
ways. Basically, this course will consist of ¼
learning; ½ literary exploration; and ¼
history and culture. As the nature of this course evolves, I hope we leave behind a trail from which future students may benefit.
METHODS OF EVALUATION
Assignment Responses and Quizzes:
You will do
short grammatical, historical, and interpretive
projects to show your facility with the subject matter. In
class quizzes may
not be made up by absent or tardy students.
You will be
asked to read a short passage aloud for a grade at
least three times during the semester.
Explanation Short Responses:
You will do five
short translations 6-15 lines of Anglo-Saxon
accompanied by a 100-300 word explanation of your translation
and comparison of
it to other sources.
You will do one
long translation (50 + lines) of an
Anglo-Saxon piece, accompanied by a 3-5 page discussion of
You will present
one outside source concerning Anglo-Saxon
culture, history or social structures to the class for their
will hand in a 1-2 page summary of what you present.
Possibly open to
negotiation with the class—In the past we have had:
As part of a 2-5 member group you will investigate and report on aspects of Anglo-Saxon life and language. Your group will produce a web project which informs students and the general public about aspects of Anglo-Saxon life, language, and literature.
This project will be the equivalent of 7+ pages of work per group member. I will help as much as possible with this. Groups will be asked to publish their work to the web–barring objections.
You will have a
final exam where you discuss what you have
learned as a result of this course and where you evaluate the
work of yourself,
your group, the class as a whole, and the professor.
GROUP WORK AND ASSIGNMENTS
You will be
expected to participate in a significant amount of
group work. Often, you will present your group findings to the
class as a
whole. It is essential you make every effort to work well with
your group. If you are having any difficulties or are
unsure of what you are required to do, ask a question!
the beginnings of the English language and its
culture and literature is what this course is about. You
should leave this class with significant
knowledge about the earliest manifestations of what we call
English. We will prove the importance of
studying Anglo-Saxon topics through the course of our endeavors, and we should have lots of fun as well.
LATE WORK, REWRITES, ATTENDANCE
I will try to
ensure that this class is not overly
burdensome. You need to take the quizzes
as they come and do your best. The class
should be fun and challenging, but talk to me if the work
becomes onerous. We will have multiple opportunities for
assignments, but don’t leave things until the end or you’ll create self-imposed overwork–which rarely elicits sympathy from me.
Assignments and Quizzes (numerous-- lowest dropped)
Three Oral readings
5 Short Translation Responses (11 opportunities)
Long Translation and explanation
1-2 Source Projects and Presentations
Group Web Project
Final Exam (Wednesday December 18th 11am -12:50 pm)
A = 93+
C = 76
A- = 90
C- = 74
B+ = 88
D+ = 72
B = 84
D = 68
B- = 82
D- = 65
C+ = 80
F = <65
PLAGIARISM AND CHEATING
Below you will find an excerpt from the UVU Student Rights and Responsibilities Code concerning Plagiarism and Cheating. Either activity can result in a failing grade in this class. Each student is expected to maintain academic ethics and honesty in
all its forms, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism as defined hereafter:
Cheating is the act of using or attempting to use or providing others with unauthorized
information, materials or study aids in academic work. Cheating includes, but is not
limited to passing examination answers to or taking examinations for someone else, or
preparing or copying other's academic work.
Plagiarism is the act of appropriating any other person's or group's ideas or work
(written, computerized, artistic, etc.) or portions thereof and passing them off as the
product of one's own work in any academic exercise or activity.
ATTENTION STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
If you have any
disability which may impair your ability to
successfully complete this course, please contact the
Department (Room WB‑146). Academic accommodations are granted
for all students
who have qualified,
documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by the Accessibility Services Department.
We are all in this class together. You are probably the only undergraduates in Utah studying Anglo-Saxon in the original. Let’s be dedicated to our task and help each other to learn. I will help anyone who lets me know that they need it.