Weeks 1-5 of Class

Week 1

Tuesday, August 31: Syllabus review and class introductions. No Questions or Reflections due this week.

Thursday, September 2: “The Wanderer” and “The Wife’s Lament.” [Content Notice (hereafter CN): graphic violence]

Week 2

Tuesday, September 7: Maria Dahvana Headley’s Beowulf: A New Translation, pp. vii-42 (or Beowulf, Fitts 0-14 (roughly the first third of the poem)); “What’s a Fitt?” you ask? It’s a stanza or chapter in Old English verse narrative.

(If you’d prefer audio, you can find a complete reading of Headley’s translation here, including performances by Miz Cracker, Neil Gaiman, and Felicia Day.)

Beowulf Pt 1-25 All Readers from Grand Journal on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 9: Headley’s Beowulf: A New Translation, pp. 42-95 (or Beowulf, Fitts 15-31 (roughly the middle third of the poem); Kim’s ‘The Question of Race in Beowulf.” [CN: graphic violence]

Group work for Sep 9:

Week 3

Tuesday, September 14: Headley’s Beowulf: A New Translation, pp. 95-136 (or Beowulf, Fitts 32-43 (roughly the last third of the poem)); Cohen’s “Monster Culture (Seven Theses)” [CN: ableism, graphic violence]

Group work for Beowulf:

Thursday, September 16: Marie de France’s “Bisclavret“; Medieval Disability Glossary entry on “Lycanthropy“; Hodes’s “Orcs, Britons, and the Martial Race Myth, Part I: A Species Built for Racial Terror” [CN: ableism, graphic violence, racist stereotypes]

Week 4

Tuesday, September 21: Marie de France’s “Lanval“; Hoccleve’s “Complaint.” [CN: ableism, depression, suicidal ideation]; Rambaran-Olm’s “‘Black Death’ Matters: A Modern Take on a Medieval Pandemic.” [CN: pandemic, police brutality, systemic anti-black racism]

Looking for sample projects as you brainstorm? Check out these examples from Fall 2020 posted on the Ellen Reeder, PSU English’s program blog:

Thursday, September 23: No class! Instead, there will be two evening events featuring Dr. Travis Chi Wing Lau, a poetry reading (7:00 PM Sep 23 at Frost House) and a public lecture (7:00 Sep 24 at the Silver Center). Questions and Reflections may be posted on one of these events as your Week 4 assignment.

Details can be found at the English program’s blog, The Ellen Reeder.

Week 5

Tuesday-Thursday, September 28-30: No synchronous class meetings! Instead, book and attend a one-on-one Teams Conferences and a small group Peer Review for our First Projects. No Questions or Reflections are due this week.

First Projects due by the end of the day on Friday, October 1 (11:59 pm).