The Art of Beowulf

a a terrible power of Beowulf's antagonist , the immutable decree of Fate , and Beowulf's heroic fortitude in a combat which no man could hope to survive . Since God had permitted the overthrow of the Geatish nation , God was not ...

Author: Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520015128

Category: Beowulf

Page: 283

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During the twenty years that have passed since the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien's famous lecture, "Beowulf, the Monsters and the Critics," interest in Beowulf as a work of art has increased gratifyingly, and many fine papers have made distinguished contributions to our understanding of the poem as poetry and as heroic narrative. Much more, however, remains to be done. We have still no systematic and sensitive appraisal of the poem later than Walter Morris Hart's Ballad and Epic, no thorough examination of the poet's gifts and powers, of the effects for which he strove and the means he used to achieve them. More than enough remains to occupy a generation of scholars. It is my hope that this book may serve as a kind of prolegomenon to such study. It makes no claim to completeness or finality; it contributes only the convictions and impressions which have been borne in upon me in the course of forty years of study of the poem. - Preface.

A Beowulf Handbook

Beowulf and Contemporary Critical Theory by Seth Lerer Summary : Since the early 1980s , approaches drawn from deconstruction , semiotics , cultural studies , and psychoanalysis have sought to relocate Beowulf in the shifting canons of ...

Author: Robert E. Bjork

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803212374

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 466

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The most revered work composed in Old English, Beowulf is one of the landmarks of European literature. This handbook supplies a wealth of insights into all major aspects of this wondrous poem and its scholarly tradition. Each chapter provides a history of the scholarly interest in a particular topic, a synthesis of present knowledge and opinion, and an analysis of scholarly work that remains to be done. Written to accommodate the needs of a broad audience, A Beowulf Handbook will be of value to nonspecialists who wish simply to read and enjoy Beowulf and to scholars at work on their own research. In its clear and comprehensive treatment of the poem and its scholarship, this book will prove an indispensable guide to readers and specialists for many years to come.

The Narrative Pulse of Beowulf

The Narrative Pulse of Beowulf: Arrivals and Departures 1 Kathryn Hume, 'The Theme and Structure of Beowulf,' Studies in Philosophy 72 (1975), 1–27; H.L. Rogers, 'Beowulf's Three Great Fights,' Review of English Studies 6 (1955), ...

Author: John M. Hill

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802093299

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 119

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John M. Hill discerns a distinctive 'narrative pulse' arising out of the poem's many scenes of arrival and departure. He argues that such scenes, far from being fixed or 'type' scenes, are socially dramatic and a key to understanding the structural density of the poem.

Language Sign and Gender in Beowulf

absence of " love " or " romantic passion between the sexes " in Beowulf , and throughout most Old English poetry ( 1984 : 118-19 ) . The secondary nature of the emotional marital bond provides a possible explanation for the hero's ...

Author: Gillian R. Overing

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809315635

Category: Poetry

Page: 137

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Not a book about what Beowulf means but how it means, and how the reader participates in the process of meaning construction. Overing’s primary aim is to address the poem on its own terms, to trace and develop an interpretive strategy consonant with the extent of its difference. Beowulf’s arcane structure describes cyclical repetitions and patterned intersections of themes which baffle a linear perspective, and suggest instead the irresolution and dynamism of the deconstructionist free play of textual elements. Chapter 1 posits the self/reader as a function of the text/language, examining the ways in which the text "speaks" the reader. Chapter 2 develops an interactive semiotic strategy in an attempt to describe an isomorphic relation between poem and reader, between text and self. Chapter 3 addresses the notions of text and self as more complex functions or formulations of desire, and thus complicates and expands the arguments of the two preceding chapters. The final chapter examines the issue of desire in the poem, and, to a lesser extent, desire in the reader (insofar as these may legitimately be viewed as distinct from each other).


That the Frotho of Saxo is the same figure as Beowulf the Dane in Old English, is a theory, based upon his common relationship to Skiold-Scyld before him and to Haldanus-Healfdene coming after him: that Beowulf the Dane was the original ...

Author: Robert W. Chambers

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3734034795

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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Reproduction of the original: Beowulf by Robert W. Chambers


Beowulf's account of the fight . Hrothgar's moralizing speech . On the morrow Beowulf bids farewell to Hrothgar , receives presents , and returns to his ship IX . Beowulf's arrival at home and welcome by Hygelac .





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XXI Hrothgar's Account of the Monsters XXII Beowulf Seeks Grendel's Mother XXIII Beowulf's Fight With Grendel's Mother XXIV Beowulf Is Double-Conqueror XXV Beowulf Brings His Trophies.— Hrothgar's Gratitude XXVI Hrothgar Moralizes.

Author: Anonymous,

Publisher: First Avenue Editions ™

ISBN: 146778687X

Category: Poetry

Page: 190

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King Hrothgar of Denmark has a problem: though his land prospers, his great mead-hall is plagued nightly by a horrible beast, Grendel, that pillages and kills his men. Leaving his home in Sweden, the warrior Beowulf sails to the king's aid. Beowulf and his men camp in the mead-hall to wait for Grendel. When the beast attacks, Beowulf grabs him by the claw and rips his arm off, making the beast flee in defeat. But Grendel isn't the only challenge facing Beowulf and, even in his native Sweden, adventures and dangers await. Written between the 8th and 11th centuries, Beowulf is the oldest surviving epic poem written in Old English. This unabridged version is taken from the translation by published by John Lesslie Hall in 1892.

The Tale of Beowulf

Then Beowulf strikes upward, taking with him the head of Grendel and the hilts of the sword. When he comes to the shore he finds his Geats there alone; for the Danes fled when they saw the blood floating in the water.

Author: Beowulf

Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag

ISBN: 3849680908

Category: Fiction

Page: 88

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Beowulf could well be the oldest surviving long poem in Old English and simultaneously one of the most important works of Old English literature. The action is set in Scandinavia, where Beowulf comes to the aid of Hrothgar, the king of the Danes, who is under attack by a monster known as Grendel. Beowulf conquers Grendel and finally also his mother.Later he also defeats a dragon, but is fatally wounded in the battle.

Translating Beowulf Modern Versions in English Verse

Meanwhile, comic-book and graphic novel versions of Beowulf have also been produced6 and there has been a steady flow of prose retellings,7 and at least one verse retelling, aimed at children.8 'One-man' stage performances of Beowulf in ...

Author: Hugh Magennis

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 1843843943

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 254

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An examination of English verse translations of Beowulf, including Seamus Heaney's version alongside other influential renditions.

Heroic Identity in the World of Beowulf

On the other hand, if only Beowulf were endangered, the boast would be less repugnant, but Beowulf risks his Geatish comrades, too. Hunferð proposes, then, that Beowulf lost the venture with Breca and that he will lose against Grendel.

Author: Scott Gwara

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9047425022

Category: History

Page: 436

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In exploring the identities of foreign fighters seeking glory abroad, this revisionist book challenges the traditional view of Beowulf as a "hero." Beowulf emphasizes the obligations attending excellence and the temptation of power, both personal and civic.