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We meet MWF 12:20 pm - 1:10 pm in Bartlett 127.

WEEK 11 Retelling the Past

     

    M 28 March Kings, Queens, and Gifts

    • TRANS 1888a-1904b, 1925a-1962b.
    • (Class run by Melissa.)

     

    W 30 March Tolkien

    • TRANS 2016b-2031b (Fitt XXVII).
    • Read Snorri, K, Appendix A.III.8, pp. 295–297

     

    F 1 April Wars of the Swedes

    • Sixth response due (response page)
    • TRANS 1888a-1904b, 1925a-1962b. 2016b-2031b (Fitt XXVII).
    • Read K, Intro, sections VIII and IX, pp. cix–cxxix.


NB. Proverbs, songs of wisdom. Ritual.

People in all cultures practice formal rituals of greeting, of conversation, of wooing, of parting, and so forth. What role might these rituals play in ensuring peace and prosperity in a civilization? In the world of Beowulf? And how does the tone and syntax of the poem alert us to ritualized language and behavior?

Consider the narrative of the Wars of the Swedes. Why does the poet tell them now? What purpose do they serve in fashioning our sense of the poem's historical depth? What might the poet be telling us about the relation of history to susequent events?

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