Myths, Legends and Heroes (ENGL2657)


Students will study (in modern English translation) the literature of the peoples who lived in Britain in the Early Middle Ages -- Britons, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans. Lectures and tutorials will cover the literature, history, religion and language of these cultures, 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, selections from the Edda, and early Arthurian material.

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2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x1000wd Essay (15%), 1x1500wd Essay (35%), 1x1.5hr exam (40%), Tutorial participation (10%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(12 Junior credit points from English) or (6 Junior credit points from English and AMST1001)

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