Baker & Taylor "This Guide provides an essential overview of the large body of Beowulf criticism. Like other books in the series, this Guide takes a chronological approach, moving from the discussions of Beowulf by 18th century Antiquarians to Heaney's recent translation. The author charts the changes in the theoretical approaches applied to the poem, and chapters are fully cross-referenced to signal where thematic approaches to the poem overlap. The Guide also includes a chapter discussing Tolkein's 1936 lecture on Beowulf"--Provided by publisher.
McMillan Palgrave Of unknown authorship, Beowulf is an Old English epic poem which incites contentious debate and has been endlessly interpreted over the centuries. This Reader's Guide provides a much-needed overview of the large body of Beowulf criticism, moving from eighteenth-century reactions to twenty-first-century responses. Jodi-Ann George: • charts the changes in critical trends and theoretical approaches applied to the poem • includes discussion of J. R. R. Tolkein's pioneering 1936 lecture on Beowulf , and Seamus Heaney's recent translation • analyses Beowulf in popular culture, addressing the poem's life in film versions, graphic novels, music and comics.
Clear and engaging, this is an indispensable introductory guide to a widely-studied and enigmatic work which continues to fascinate readers everywhere.