Class 1

Class 1

Introduction to Course

Course outline


Anglo-Saxon literacy developed after Christianisation in the late 7th century. The oldest surviving text of Old English literature is Cædmon's Hymn, composed between 658 and 680.

Beowulf:  (/ˈbəwʊlf/; Old English: [ˈbeːo̯wulf]) is an Old English epic story consisting of 3,182 alliterative lines. It may be the oldest surviving long story in Old English and is commonly cited as one of the most important works of Old English literature. The date of composition is a matter of contention among scholars; the only certain dating pertains to the manuscript, which was produced between 975 and 1025. The author was an anonymous Anglo-Saxon poet, referred to by scholars as the "Beowulf author".

Beowulf Cotton MS Vitellius A XV f. 132r.jpg


First page of Beowulf in Cotton Vitellius A. xv
Author(s) Unknown
Language West Saxon dialect of Old English
Date c. 700–1000 AD (date of story), c. 975–1010 AD (date of manuscript)[1]
State of existence Manuscript suffered damage from fire in 1731
Manuscript(s) Cotton Vitellius A. xv
First printed edition Thorkelin (1815)

From Old English to now 

Presentation of author

William Shakespeare

Some sources:

Elisabethan Drama and Shakespeare

Presentation of socio-economic, cultural and linguistic background

Elisabethan England:

Situer des périodes ou des courants déterminants:


What students know and think they know...

Answer questions about subject, methods...


 Translating Elizabethan EnglishPage


Homework for Class 2

Read info on Elisabethan Drama, Shakespeare and Hamlet


Homework for Class 3


Prepare discussion on the various problems met while watching Hamlet.

Homework for Class 4

Read A Study in Scarlet


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