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Philology 5: Old English Literature and Culture


Admission requirements

Successful completion of Philology 1, 2 and 3, or equivalent courses.


This course elaborates on Philology 2. We read, study and translate a number of literary and non-literary texts in combination with background literature. In doing so, the student will acquire a deeper insight into a broad range of aspects of the Anglo-Saxon culture which has not yet, or only cursorily, been studied. Subject of discussion includes feuds and reconciliation, hero and/or saint, fact or propaganda, the material culture (archeology and paleography), orality and literacy.

Course objectives

  • thorough knowledge of the highlights of Old English literature (prose and poetry) and of the relevant cultural history of Anglo-Saxon England

  • familiarity of the various genres and methods of interpretation

  • proficiency in translating Old English at an advanced level.
    Successful completion of the course will enable the student to write a B.A. paper on an Old English subject and to follow a course in Old English at the M.A. level.


The timetable will be available by June 1st on the website

Mode of instruction

Assessment method

Written exam: translation (30%), literature and culture (70%)


Yes, see Blackboard

Reading list

  • Malcom Godden and Michael Lapidge, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Old English Literature, 2nd edn (Cambridge: CUP, 2012).

  • Supplementary background material via Blackboard.

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Departmental Office English Language and Culture, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; mail:
Co-ordinator of Studies: Ms T.D. Obbens, MA, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.