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Lecture 5

EN 1002 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Intertextuality, Sutton Hoo, Gildas


Department
English
Course Code
EN 1002
Professor
Judith Deitch
Lecture
5

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The Old English epic Beowulf and Intertextuality
Key Words
Anglo-Saxon
Old English
Epic
Geats
Danes
Grendel
Analogue
Saga
Translation
Conversion
Thane
Grendel’s mother
Middle Ages
Medieval
Pagan
Migration
Conquest
Fratricide
Free will
Source
See a direct lineage
Generations of stories
Analog
Has certain motifs
Much vaguer/more general than a source
Grendel and Beowulf
Grendel is a novel, Beowulf is an epic
Novels present point-of-view, speaker automatically receives our sympathy
Grendel is an embodiment of evil
oHas human qualities
oGardner works with and expands material in the original, but also invents scenes,
adds discourse from 20th century philosophy
Grendel and Beowulf Essay
oSelect one chapter only of the novel
oThen match It up to the material in the original, study what you find
oFor your central idea, ask yourself whether Gardner is mostly in harmony,
extending characters, concepts from the original and say how; or whether he is
going against the grain, mostly inventing and working against the original and say
how
By giving Grendel so much sympathy -> Is that going against the grain in
the original
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