Old English

This reading group aims to improve participants’ knowledge and facility with the Old English language (c. 650–1100) and to advance their understanding of this language’s development within the broader context of the medieval Germanic languages.  No prior knowledge of Old English is needed— begin any time!

In the group, we try to expand participants’ familiarity with less commonly studied Old English texts—both poetry and prose—and to engage meaningfully with the critical traditions of those texts. Students with particular interests are invited to propose particular texts for the group to study.