This topic will explore the earliest works of English literature in the wider context of the early medieval North Sea cultures. From the 8th to the 11th centuries, England and Scandinavia were in constant contact driven by waves of immigration, raiding, trading and invasion. Converted to Christianity, early medieval English authors produced some remarkable writing on Christian themes, but also looked back on the pagan past in Scandinavia in poems like Beowulf. Students will read a wide variety of prose and poetry from the North Sea cultures in translation and will also be offered an introduction to runes, Latin and Old English language.
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