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!
Here are the trailers and excerpts that we saw today in class:
- [Viking prayer and final battle], 13th Warrior (Film, 1999 / excerpt)
- Beowulf (Film, 1999 / trailer)
- [Gandalf heals Theoden], The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Film, 2002 / excerpt)
- Beowulf and Grendel (Film, 2005 / trailer)
- Beowulf (Film, 2007 / trailer)
- Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands (TV series, 2016 / extended trailer)
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, Infobase Films on Demand [UNB sign-in required] ia
Also of interest:
- “Seamus Heaney on the New Beowulf,” Films for the Humanities & Sciences/Films Media Group/MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, 2000. Infobase Films on Demand [UNB sign-in required] ia
Additional (and optional) reading: here are links to some useful videos/sites/articles about Beowulf and the history/language/culture of the period:
- “‘Beowulf,’ Saved From the Fire,” John J. Miller, The Wall Street Journal (Nov. 13, 2007).
- “Slaying Monsters: Tolkien’s ‘Beowulf.'” Joan Acocella, The New Yorker (June 2, 2014).
- “Why Read Beowulf?” Robert F. Yeager, Humanities 20.2 (March/April 1999).
- Beowulf in Hypertext: McMaster U
- Electronic Beowulf: U of Kentucky (Here is the index and guide)
- Old English Literature: a hypertext course pack: U of Oxford
- “Playing Beowulf: Gaming the Library,” Andrew Burn, DARE digital.arts.research.education, March 11, 2015: about a computer game project.
- Beowulf and Old English Literature: Baragona’s Literary Resources
- British Library, which holds the manuscript
- Resources for the Study of Beowulf: excellent collection of links
- Beowulf on Steorarume: dated, but lots of links
- Beowulf: also dated, also lots of links
- Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxons. Screenplay and narr. by Peter Morgan Jones, Artmagic Films, 2010, 63min.
- Michael Wood on Beowulf. BBC, 2009, 59.13min.
The following required text has been ordered at the UNBSJ Bookstore:
The Broadview Anthology of British Literature: Concise Vol. A, 3rd Ed. Eds. Joseph Black et al. Broadview Press, 2016.
Please note that the text includes access to the publisher’s password-protected website. You should have received an access number with your text.
All our readings will be from this anthology. Our first text will be Beowulf.
to the course site for ENGL2101: Literature in English I, taught at UNBSJ in the fall term, 2018. Here you will find links, any updates, and copies of the schedule and assignments. More importantly, blogging is interactive — you can leave comments to any post — and so this site can serve as a venue for continuing the conversations we will have in class. I look forward to our conversations!