Text in Context: Beowulf from Then `til Now | Department of English

Text in Context: Beowulf from Then `til Now | Department of English.

stanford beowulf course

Elaine Treharne is running the above course this year at Stanford, and it sounds brilliant.

She’s written on her blog: ‘we’re having a super time looking at multiple manifestations of the poem/text/concept called ‘Beowulf”, and she includes some ‘variations’ of lines 1357b-1372 by students on the course, which include a Yelp review and a Haiku.

I’m completely fascinated by this treatment of Old English, and variations of medieval poetry which go beyond the traditional translation. How do we study these texts? How do they fit in to the study of Old English, or modern, literature? What can they tell us about the past? I’m not even sure how to start answering these questions. I’d love to hear what other people think, and in the meantime, I’ve got a lot more reading and thinking to do.

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