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This is a follow-up to the Fall Semester ENGL 4060/6060 Old English class in which students learn the Old English language in great detail, preparatory to translating and appreciating the literary merits of Beowulf, the oldest English epic.  Students who have taken the Old English course will be well-prepared to create their own translations of the poem.  Students who have not had the benefit of taking ENGL 4060/6060 but who have an aptitude for languages and an appreciation for medieval literature will find much to interest them in the course. The course will require Permission of the Department based on prior contact with the professor for approval.


1.  Translation of the poem on a class by class basis.

2.  Selection of a key passage of the poem, ranging from some 25 to 50 lines, which will be the focus of outside research.

3.  Short interim reports on the progress of research, due in the 4th, 8th, 12th, and 15th week of the semester.

4.  A final research paper representing the culmination of the interim reports.

5.  A final exam consisting of an extemporaneous translation of the research passage followed by commentary on salient linguistic, literary, or other features of the passage under scrutiny.


See above: short written reports, a research paper, and a final exam.


1.  Average of interim reports: 30%.

2.  Final research paper: 30%.

3.  Final translation/commentary exam: 30%.

4.  Class participation, primarily on translations, 10%.


UGA standard attendance policy; no particular grade weight for attendance.


Fulk, R.D., Robert E. Bjork, and John D. Niles, eds. Klaeber's Beowulf.  4th edition.  Toronto: Univ. of Toronto Press, 2009.  ISBN 978-0208095671.

Makeup Policy

Any assignments missed for good reasons may be made up.