Category Archives: Beowulf Poet

On Jan. 6, 2021 Grendel Stormed Heorot

“Beowulf” is a poem in which a once proud nation sees a dismal future. Should America take note?

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WandaVision and Grendel’s Mother

In which I compare Wanda from WandaVision with Grendel’s Mother. Who knew?

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For Halloween, Read Headley’s Beowulf

For Halloween, reread Headley’s new translation of Beowulf, which uses the language of millennials and generation z.

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In a Dark Time, Beowulf Was My Virgil

If Dante had his Virgil, I have Beowulf. Both poets helped up negotiate dark times.

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When Grief Turns Violent

In protesting police violence against communities of color, protesters must avoid grief-fueled violence, the archetype of which is Grendel’s Mother.

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Students as Beowulf vs. Covid

Through describing their essays on “Beowulf,” I recount how five students are responding to the Covid crisis.

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Teach Beowulf to Combat Violence

To teach students how to understand and respond to violence, Beowulf is a go-to work.

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Beowulf Transcends Tolkien’s Racism

“Beowulf” and “Lord of the Rings” have blind spots but they are transcendent works for all that.

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“Beowulf” Understands U.S. Violence

 Thursday When I launched this blog over 10 years ago, I called it Better Living through Beowulf because Beowulf is the starting text for those of us specializing in British Literature. I used Beowulf to represent all of literature and felt free to write about any literary work that provides insight into the life we […]

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