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Pétur Knútsson, Autumn 2015
ENS303G Breskar bókmenntir II / British Literature II

This website covers the first 4 weeks of the course.
The rest of the course will be taught by Martin Regal and Guðrún Guðsteinsdóttir

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Preparatory reading for the course


Week 1, 31 August and 2 September

Topic: Before literature: Orality

Reading for this week

Slides and further material for this week

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Week 2, 7 and 9 September

Topic: Old English literature (Before 1000)

Please remember to bring Norton Vol. A with you to the Monday class - you'll need it to refer to Beowulf.

Reading for this week

Slides and further material for this week

   Power Point presentation for Monday and Wednesday 7-9 September

  Video of Monday session

  Video of Wednesday session: Part 1 - Part 2

   Audios of the Monday session: Part 1 - Part 2

   Audios of the Wednesday session: Part 1 - Part 2

   Beowulf: summary of the poem (pdf)
   
    The symbol % in this text means that the the reading is uncertain, the manuscript corrupt or damaged.

   Sparknotes on Beowulf

   British Library - Cotton Vitellius A xv

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Week 3, 14 and 16 September

Topic for Monday: We will work quickly through 'The Wanderer' and examine its points of contact with Beowulf.
From there we shall take a huge leap into the Middle Ages, by way of the eleventh-century Troubadours of Provence

On Wednesday we will see how 'Gawayn and the Green Knight' fits into this pattern.

Reading for this week

    Slides and further material for this week.

  Video of Monday session

   Audio of the Monday session

   Power Point presentation for Monday - The Wanderer

  Videos of Wednesday session:     1. First 7 minutes    2. Main video

   Audio of the Wednesday session

   Power Point presentations for Wednesday

 British Library, Cotton Nero NS A.X, ar 3

  Sparknotes on Gawain. (Note that Wikipedia on Gawain is prety good.)

 

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Week 4, 21 and 23 September

Reading for this week

    Slides and further material for this week

  Video of Monday session

   Audios of the Monday session:     Part 1    Part 2

   Power Point presentation for Monday :  Metre

  Video of Wednesday session

   Audio of Wednesday session

    Lecture notes for Chaucer

    Lecture notes for Malory

 

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