All hail the new queen!


Here is a lovely story told by an eight-years old Swedish girl with a wonderfully appropriate first name:

 “When [my father] showed it to an archaeologist, she said she had goosebumps.”

Saga Vanecek, “I pulled a 1,500-year-old sword out of a lake,” The Guardian
(Oct. 19, 2018).

Earn Bonus Marks

Attend a Lorenzo Society Reading this term, write a paragraph review within two weeks, and receive a bonus mark.

Join the Lorenzo Reading Series as Sarah Faber reads from her debut novel All Is Beauty Nowon

Thursday, October 18th, 2018 in the Ganong Hall Lecture Theatre at UNB Saint John at 7:00PM.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome.  Coffee, tea and sweets will be served.


Set against the seductive world of 1960’s Rio de Janeiro, All Is Beauty Now is an exquisite debut novel about family secrets, divided loyalties, and the lengths we’ll go to save ourselves and those we love.  In Brazil, 1962, a young woman walks into the waters off a crowded beach and vanishes. A year later, her family – the once-golden family of their privileged little community – prepares to leave behind the seeming paradise of Brazil in the wake of their eldest daughter’s presumed drowning. As they attend a series of goodbye parties and count down the days to their departure, we are taken into the heart of a family whose many charms belie more troubling truths.

There is the family’s charismatic father, whose emotional extremes are becoming increasingly disturbing; his long-suffering wife, who made a mistake that has shattering consequences for the family she meant to protect; and their two remaining daughters, both on the precipice of joining the adult world with all its secrets and lies. Then there is the lost daughter herself, a woman undone by her attempts to grasp at happiness.

With settings ranging from the opulence of the legendary Copacabana Club to the poverty of Rio’s fishing villages, this sensual and beautifully written novel reveals the soul of a family living in the shadow of tragedy, one poised on the brink of a new life, if only they could make peace with the past.

All Is Beauty Now is the Winner of the 2018 Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Fiction.


Sarah Faber received an MA in Creative Writing and English Literature from Concordia University. Her writing has appeared in Matrix and Brick.

The Lorenzo Reading Series acknowledges the support of the League of Canadian Poets, UNB Saint John, UNB Saint John Bookstore, Canada Council for the Arts and its private reading sponsors.  For more information contact Andrea Kikuchi at (506) 648-5782 or email

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Exam schedule

The exam schedule has been posted. Be sure to look it over to make sure that you don’t have any conflicts. The exam for this class has been set for Saturday, December 15, 2pm, in the gym. You will have a maximum of three hours. We will discuss it more as the term progresses.


Your grades for the poetry recitation assignment have been entered into D2L.

The PPT presentations, thus far, have been uploaded to D2L. As they are translations from Keynote (the Apple presentation program), there may be some formatting glitches. If anything is unclear, please let me know.

We will discuss Everyman on Thursday, after which I will upload the final presentation in this section of the course. The test is on Tuesday, then on to the Renaissance!


Video clips


Beowulf resources

Here are the two videos we watched today. If you have trouble with the links, do a search from the UNB Library website:

  • Beowulf: “Benjamin Bagby’s legendary performance of the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf (part I) recorded live in Helsingborg, Sweden (January, 2006),” Kanopy, 2015 [UNB sign-in required]
  • Beowulf and the Roots of Anglo-Saxon Poetry, Films for the Humanities & Sciences/Films Media Group, 1998. Via Infobase Films on Demand [UNB sign-in required]

Also of interest:

  • “Seamus Heaney on the New Beowulf,” Films for the Humanities & Sciences/Films Media Group/MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, 2000. Via Infobase Films on Demand [UNB sign-in required]

Additional (and optional) reading: here are links to some useful videos/sites/articles about Beowulf and the history/language/culture of the period: