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

WEEK 6 Finnsburh

    T 27 Feb. Hall Battle

    • TRANS 1050a-1124b (Fitt XVI);
    • K, "Battle of Finnsburh"
    • Paper 1 due in one week. Topics here.

     

    Th 1 Mar. Hengest remained

    • TRANS 1125a-1160a (Fitt XVII)

What role does formality, ritual, and order play in these scenes? (See John Hill's book, The Narrative Pulse of Beowulf.) And what role does the implicit critique offered by Christianity play (blessed are the meek, and so forth)?

Consider also battles in halls. How does Grendel's Mother compare to Weahltheow? Is it the case that a female who acts like a brutal man is more "liberated" than one who acts within the confines of law and tradition? Does freedom mean being able to control other people, to kill them, to utterly destroy their homes and families? Is freedom equivaent to devastating violence or the threat of violence?


OE Language: Weak Verbs

A) kA, chs. 11-14; OEA § 7

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