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Dating Beowulf

Studies in intimacy

Edited by Daniel C. Remein and Erica Weaver

Dating Beowulf
Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3643-5
  • Pages: 344
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £25.00
  • Published Date: December 2019
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: poetry & poets, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: classical, early & medieval, Medieval Literature, Literary studies: ancient & classical, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / Middle Ages (449-1066), LITERARY CRITICISM / Medieval
  • Series: Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture

Description

Featuring essays from some of the most prominent voices in early medieval studies, Dating Beowulf playfully redeploys the word 'dating', which usually heralds some of the most divisive critical impasses in the field, to provocatively phrase a set of new relationships with an Old English poem. The volume argues for the relevance of the early Middle Ages to affect studies and vice-versa, offering a riposte to antifeminist discourse and opening avenues for future work by specialists in the history of emotions, literary theorists, students of Old English literature and medieval scholars alike. To this end, the essays embody a range of critical approaches from queer theory to animal studies and ecocriticism to actor-network theory.

Contents

1 Getting intimate - Daniel C. Remein and Erica Weaver
Part I: Beowulf in public
2 Community, joy, and the intimacy of narrative in Beowulf - Benjamin A. Saltzman
3 Beowulf and the intimacy of large parties - Roberta Frank
4 Beowulf as Wayland's work: thinking, feeling, making - James Paz
Part II: Beowulf at home
5 Beowulf and babies - Donna Beth Ellard
6 At home in the fens with the Grendelkin - Christopher Abram
Part III: Beowulf outside
7 Elemental intimacies: agency in the Finnsburg episode - Mary Kate Hurley
8 What the raven told the eagle: animal language and the return of loss in Beowulf - Mo Pareles
Part IV: Beowulf's contact list
9 Men into monsters: troubling race, ethnicity, and masculinity in Beowulf - Catalin Taranu
10 Sad men in Beowulf - Robin Norris
11 Differing intimacies: Beowulf translations by Seamus Heaney and Thomas Meyer - David Hadbawnik
Part V: Beowulf in bed
12 Beowulf and Andreas: intimate relations - Irina Dumitrescu
13 Beowulf, Bryher, and the Blitz: a queer history - Peter Buchanan
14 Dating Wiglaf: emotional connections to the young hero in Beowulf - Mary Dockray-Miller
Index

Editors

Daniel C. Remein is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston
Erica Weaver is Assistant Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles

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