INTRODUCTION MEDIEVAL LITERATURE
Examples of presentdayepicsingers and tribal storytellers • INDIA Hindu Temple Fire Dance Storytelling about the Hindu Monkey King God Hanuman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt0erfEThNw • TIBET Epic storytelling about the hero Gesar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv8IxLw3NWs&feature=related • AUSTRALIA Storytelling during a coming-of-age ceremony http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwR8BA_5Sd4
THE THREE RAVENS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv19-vagxuI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsv2S63HYqM&playnext=1&list=PL6A0179BE603E9B95&feature=results_video Image source: http://dvd.ign.com/articles/735/735583p1.html
Medieval Literature The formal tradition, the courtly tradition and the popular tradition side by side… or… Hand in hand?
A Medieval Epic in Old English: Beowolf A hero His brave deeds His superhuman power A monster The monster’s mother
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX--9m-OvoI Beowulf 2007 In 6 minutes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyAanB83Ke0 Beowulf 2007 Trailer
Performer Benjamin Bagby, with his Anglo Saxon harp, narrating the beginning of Beowulf in Old English..In the old way… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y13cES7MMd8
And here is an amusing, simple summary of Beowulf. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gGkf5_NQNY&feature=related
THE CANTERBURY TALES inChaucer’s Middle English French fabliaux, which are comic stories in verse, the Roman de la Rose, one of the most influential and famous poems of the Middle Ages, and Boccaccio’s Decameron, a long work with many tales, were some of the important influences on Chaucer’s genius when composing the Canterbury Tales—his portrayal of the tale telling game that went on during pilgrimages in his times. The question is, who is telling the tale? Chaucer? His characters? And, does he really mean it, or is it a tongue-in-cheek message? Source: William, Robert. Chainani, Soman ed. *The Canterbury Tales Study Guide : Literature in the Middle Ages*. GradeSaver, 30 November 2008 Web. 18 March 2012.
…in 1415. Source: http://www.luminarium.org/medlit/chaucerport.htm
A videopeek:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SRQxGq0m3cSome great websites:http://www.canterburytales.org/http://www.gradesaver.com/the-canterbury-tales/study-guide/section26/http://www.siue.edu/~ejoy/eng404syllabusfall03.htm
Listen to Middle English:The prologue to The Canterbury Tales. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QE0MtENfOMU And read, side by side, Middle English and Modern English versions. http://www.canterburytales.org/canterbury_tales.html Next to the word EDITION you must select ENFACE ME-MO (Middle English next to Modern English).
And whataboutthepatientchronicler, the Venerable Bede, wholivedaroundtheyear 700? A two-minute video about Saint Bede´slifean d work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5O0v3Rkeg0 Take a look insidethis Amazon bookabout St. Bede´s times. http://www.amazon.com/The-Age-Bede-Penguin-Classics/dp/014044727X/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1332533353&sr=8-7 A video about THE ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH PEOPLE, by Venerable Bede http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9u243QirRY