Beowulf is the earliest recorded major poem in English. It has been a key text for the study of Anglo-Saxon literature, language and culture for well over a century, and recently has inspired a number of films and a prize-winning verse translation. This course considers Beowulf in terms of its current cultural appeal. Do we belong to a culture in need of heroes and monsters, or does the poem's appeal lie elsewhere?
This summer school will be of particular interest to anybody who is interested in Beowulf, in Anglo-Saxon poetry, or the translation or cultural appropriation of early English Literature.
By the end of this course, students will have:
- discussed a number of literary responses to Beowulf, and considered the reasons for the variety of these responses;
- learned some of the limitations inherent in studying early vernacular literature;
- compared the original narrative of Beowulf against a series of recent translations and adaptations;
- considered the effect of translation and adaptation on the cultural transmission of Beowulf.
Early bird discount available until 2 weeks prior to the course start date.