MEDVL 3120

MEDVL 3120

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Beowulf has received renewed attention in popular culture, thanks to the production of recent movies and riveting new translations. The poem's popular appeal lies in its complex depictions of monsters, its accounts of heroic bravery, and its lavish portrayals of life in the Meadhall. Through close readings we will also explore the "darker side" of the poem: its punishing depictions of loss and exile, despairing meditations on unstable kingship and dynastic failure, and harrowing depictions of heroic defeat and the vanities of existence on the Middle-Earth. Attention will be given to the poem's cultural contexts, its literary heritage, and its layered pagan and Christian perspectives. A bilingual edition of the poem will be assigned so that students may read in Old and Modern English. The class counts toward the pre-1800 requirement for English majors.

When Offered Spring.

Breadth Requirement (HB)
Distribution Category (ALC-AS, HST-AS, LA-AS)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ENGL 3120ENGL 6120MEDVL 6120

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  4925 MEDVL 3120   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person