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BEOWULF. Prepared by Professor Mario O. Castillo Rangel Survey of English Literature I - 2008 Department of English and Modern Languages, NCU. Summary. Name: Beowulf Genre: Epic Poem Author: Anonymous Anglian Poet Times: 8 th Century, manuscript 10 th Century

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beowulf
BEOWULF

Prepared by Professor Mario O. Castillo Rangel

Survey of English Literature I - 2008

Department of English and Modern Languages, NCU

summary
Summary
  • Name: Beowulf
  • Genre: Epic Poem
  • Author: Anonymous Anglian Poet
  • Times: 8th Century, manuscript 10th Century
  • Composition: 3182 lines - Caesura
  • Language: West Saxon Dialect – Kennings – Alliteration – Caesura - Parataxis
summary continued
Summary (Continued)
  • Content: Fusion of Scandinavian history and Pagan mythology with Christian Elements
  • Story: Beowulf rids the Danes of the monster Grendel and Grendel’s mother.
  • Importance: The most important work of Old English Literature
origin of the name
Origin of the Name
  • O.E. beo wulf
  • Lit. “bee-wolf”
  • A kenning for “bear”
  • Because of their ability to fight and survive, animals like wolves and bears were admired by tribal warriors.
  • (See definition of kenning)
scandinavian brown bear
Scandinavian Brown Bear
  • Brown bears colonialised Scandinavia after the last Ice Age about 10-14000 years ago from two directions: from the east and from the south
epic definition
Epic - Definition
  • An epic is a long narrative poem, o a grand scale, about the deeds of warriors and heroes.
  • It is a polygonal, ‘heroic’ story incorporating myth, legend, folk tale and history.
epic definition cont
Epic – Definition (cont.)
  • Epics are often of national significance in the sense that they embody the history and aspirations of a nation in a lofty and grandiose manner. (Cuddon 1999, 264)
kinds of epic
Kinds of Epic

(A) Primary

Also known as oral or primitive.

(B) Secondary

Also known as literary. (Cuddon 1999, 265)

primary epic
Primary Epic
  • Belongs to the oral tradition.
  • Hence, composed orally and recited
  • Only much later it is written down
  • (in some cases).
  • Examples: Gilgamesh, Iliad, Odyssey, Beowulf.
seconday epic
Seconday Epic
  • Literary
  • Hence, composed in the written mode.
  • Examples: Virgil’s Aeneid, the anonymous Song of Roland, Milton’s Paradise Lost. (Cuddon 1999, 265)
author
AUTHOR
  • Anonymous Anglian Poet
beowulf manuscript
Beowulf Manuscript
  • Preserved only in a single manuscript
  • Cotton Vitellius A.xv
  • British Library
dates
Dates
  • c. 400 Germanic peoples settle in Britain 
  • c. 400 The Battle of Finnsberg (Finnsburh)takes place.
  •  498 Froda kills Halfdene of the Danes; Froda’s son Ingeld born
  •  499 Heorogar, Hroðgar, and Halga (Danes) kill Froda 
  • 503 Hæðcynbecomes king of the Geats 
  • 503 First Swedish-Geatish feud begins.
dates1
Dates
  • 510 Hæðcyn king of the Geats, and Ongenþeow, the Swedish king, are killed in Battle of Ravenswood.  Hæðcyn’s brother Hygelac becomes king of the Geats, and Ohþere king of the Swedes. 
  • 518 Freawaru, daughter of Hroðgar, marries Ingeld to forestall a renewal of the feud.
  •  520 Ingeld attacks and burns down Heorot, but is then defeated by Hroðgar and Hroðulf 
  • 524 Hygelac of the Geats is killed in his ill-fated Frisian raid.  Heardred, Hygelac’s son, becomes king of the Geats.
dates2
Dates
  • 532 Second Swedish-Geatishfeud begins. 
  • 533 Death of Swedish king Ohþere(Ottar Vendel-Crow, buried at Vendel in Uppland Sweden. His brother Onela seizes the throne while his sons Eanmund and Eadgils seek refuge in the Geatish court. Onela attacks the Geats and kills their young king Heardred [In Beowulf, Beowulf takes the throne at this point].   In the battle Eanmund is killed by Weohstan, Onela’s champion. [In Beowulf, Weohstan is Wiglaf's father, however, Wiglaf's existence has not been proven outside Beowulf.]
dates3
Dates
  • 535 Eadgils is laid in a mound at Old Uppsala.
  •  c. 540 Gildas in De excidio Britanniae laments the effects of the Germanic settlements on the supine Britons 
  • 597 St. Augustine arrives in Kent to convert the English 
  • c. 625 A cenotaph ship containing rich treasures analogous to those described in Beowulf is buried in a mound at Sutton Hoo, East Anglia (mound 1). 
dates4
Dates
  • 597 St. Augustine arrives in Kent to convert the English c. 625 A cenotaph ship containing rich treasures analogous to those described in Beowulf is buried in a mound at Sutton Hoo, East Anglia (mound 1). 
dates5
Dates
  • c. 400 Germanic peoples settle in Britain c. 400 The Battle of Finnsberg (Finnsburh)laments the effects of the Germanic settlements on the supine Britons
  • 597 St. Augustine arrives in Kent to convert the English 
  • c. 625 A cenotaph ship containing rich treasures analogous to those described in Beowulf is buried in a mound at Sutton Hoo, East Anglia.  
importance
Importance
  • The most important work of Old English Literature.
  • Epics are often of national significance in the sense that they embody the history and aspirations of a nation in a lofty and grandiose manner. (Cuddon 1999, 264)
works cited and sources
Works Cited and Sources
  • Baswell, Christopher and Anne Howland Schotter. “The Middle Ages”. The Longman Anthology of British Literature. Ed. David Damrosch. Vol. A. London: Longman, 2004. 153-245.
  • Baugh, Albert C., and Thomas Cable. A History of the English Language. Fifth Edition. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2002.
  • Bloomfield, Morton W., and Leonard Newmark. A Linguistic Introduction to the History of English. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964.
works cited and sources1
Works Cited and Sources
  • Brook, G.L. A history of the English Language. New York: Norton Library, 1958.
  • Cuddon, J.A. The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory. Fourth Edition. London: Penguin Books, 1999.
  • Damrosch, David, ed. The Longman Anthology of British Literature. Volume A. 2nd Compact Edition. London: Longman, 2004.
  • David Burnley. The History of the English Language. 2nd ed. London: Pearson Education, 2000.
works cited and sources2
Works Cited and Sources
  • Glatthorn, Allan A., Charles W. Kreidler & Enerst J.Heiman. ­The Dynamics of Language. Book 4. USA: D.C. Heath and Company, 1971.
  • Miller, James E., Jr., Myrtle J. Jones, and Helen McDonnel. England in Literature. Macbeth Edition. London: Scott, Foresman and Company, 1973.
  • Nist, John. A Structural History of English. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1966.
videos and films
Videos and Films
  • Beowulf & Grendel. Dir. Sturla Gunnarsson.. Perf. Gerry Butler, Stellan Skarsgard, Ingvar Sigurdson, Sarah Polley. Films with Global Vision. Canada, 2005.
  • Beowulf. Dir. Robert Zemeckis. Perf. Robin Wright Penn, Anthony Hopkins, Paul Baker, Crispin Glover, Angelina Jolie, et al. USA: Paramount Pictures, 2007.
  • Schama, Simon. “Beginnings.” A History of Britain, The History Channel. VHS Documentary. BBC. New York: New Video, 2001.
internet sources
Internet Sources
  • “Beowulf & Grendel.” Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beowulf_&_Grendel
  • Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
  • Snell, Melissa. “The Dark Ages on the History Channel.” Melissa’s Medieval History Blog. Friday March 2, 2007 http://historymedren.about.com/b/2007/03/02/the-dark-ages-on-the-history-channel.htm
library databases and online catalogues
Library Databases and Online Catalogues
  • http://library.ncu.edu.jm/
  • http://mona.uwi.edu/library
  • www. netlibrary.org
prepared by prof mario o castillo rangel
Prepared by Prof. Mario O. Castillo Rangel

Survey of Literature I

Department of English and Modern Languages

Northern Caribbean University

December 2008

(To be further elaborated)