Units of Study

ENGL2657 - Myths, Legends and Heroes

Semester 2, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Dr Daniel Anlezark


Students will study (in modern English translation) the literature of two closely related peoples of the Early Middle Ages -- the Anglo-Saxons and the Scandinavians (some of whom became Vikings). Lectures and tutorials will cover the literature, history, religion and language of these nations, focusing on representations of the heroic ideal, as this is embodied in mythic, legendary and historical writing. Texts to be studied include Beowulf, The Wanderer, The Dream of the Rood, and selections from the Edda.


1x1000wd essay (15%), 1x2000wd essay (35%), 1x2hr (2000wd) exam (40%), class participation (10%)


Beowulf (trans. R. Liuzza)
Course Reader


1x1-hr lectures/week and 1x1-hr tutorial/week


12 Junior credit points of English

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