Medieval English Lit week 2

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Medieval English Lit week 2

  1. 1. Medieval English Literature
  2. 2. Beowulf <ul><li>Ca. 8th-11th century </li></ul><ul><li>Old English poetry </li></ul><ul><li>Epic poem </li></ul><ul><li>Two parts </li></ul>
  3. 3. Beowulf date <ul><li>Manuscript culture </li></ul><ul><li>Oral poetry </li></ul><ul><li>Parallels in Scandinavia </li></ul><ul><li>Folk Germanic story </li></ul>
  4. 4. Old English <ul><li>Language spoken ca.4c-12c </li></ul><ul><li>Germanic language </li></ul><ul><li>No French influence </li></ul><ul><li>Little Latin/Norse influence </li></ul><ul><li>Language of “Anglo-Saxons” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Old English HWÆT, we gar dena in gear dagum , þeod cyninga þrym gefrunon, hu ða æþelingas ellen fremedon! LO, we, of spear -armed Danes, in days long sped praise of the prowess of people - kings have heard, and what honor the athelings won!
  6. 6. Old English poetry HWÆT, we g ardena in g earda g um, þ eodcyninga þ rym gefrunon, hu ða æ þelingas e llen frem e don!
  7. 7. Epic <ul><li>In medias res </li></ul><ul><li>Nationalist/Tribalist </li></ul><ul><li>Central hero </li></ul><ul><li>Evil antagonist </li></ul><ul><li>Moral certainty </li></ul><ul><li>Social manipulation </li></ul>
  8. 8. Two Parts <ul><li>Two battles: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grendel/Grendel’s mother </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dragon </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unferth , challenge, and boast </li></ul><ul><li>Story telling and scop </li></ul><ul><li>Wiglaf </li></ul><ul><li>Beowful’s death and weeping </li></ul>

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