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February 2022 Modules

Advanced Old English: Heroic Elegies

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays at 5:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on February 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
J. R. R. Tolkien suggested in his seminal Monsters and the Critics that Beowulf is a heroic elegy. In this module, we will translate some of the Old English Heroic Elegies such as "Deor", "Wife’s Lament", "Husband’s Message", "The Ruin", and if time others. Not only translating, the question is how these “elegies” relate to Beowulf I, or Tolkien’s own work. The module emphasizes translation and working in Old English, but also how that applies to other literature (i. e. this stuff isn’t in a vacuum!)
Precepted by Larry Swain

Are You Tolkien To Me?

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays at 7:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on February 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28
Why are the works of J.R.R. Tolkien still so relevant to us in the 21st century? In this course, we will look at some of the central themes of his novels, including Family, Home, Good vs. Evil, and Loss, exploring how Tolkien is still speaking to us almost fifty years after his death.

There are no required texts for this course, however, you may find having a copy of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings very useful (any edition).
Precepted by Sara Brown

Fairy Tales: From Apples to Bears

Meeting Wednesdays & Fridays at 5:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on February 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25
In this module, we will answer questions such as: what is a fairy tale? Why do we tell stories? What is the function of fairy tales? What are some recurring themes? Stories to be discussed include Snow White (with and without dwarfs), Little Red Riding-hood, the Little Match Girl, Thumbelina, and East of the Sun and West of the Moon.
Precepted by Pilar Barrera

Latin in a Year 2
Continuing Series

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays at 10:00 AM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on February 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28
Students taking this module will learn to decline Latin nouns in the 3rd declension and conjugate Latin verbs (including sum/esse) in the imperfect and future tenses, applying these new skills to sentences and short Latin passages. The second part of Signum SPACE's Latin in a Year sequence, this module covers chapters 5-7 of Wheelock's Latin.
Precepted by Faith Acker

Old English 2
Continuing Series

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays at 7:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on February 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
Ready to begin learning Old English? This series of modules introduces students to the vocabulary and structure of the earliest recorded form of the English language. One year of modules prepares the student to read texts from over a thousand years ago! Each one-month module builds on the previous one, so students ready to learn Old English will communicate with our Director and Professor Swain to make the right placement for everyone.
Precepted by Isaac Schendel and Larry Swain
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