The Anglo-Saxon Seminar: Beowulf and the Making of England
The Center for Renaissance Studies Anglo-Saxon seminar for 1993 studied Beowulf in the context of early English art and culture. Beowulf, a text that loks back on England’s Germanic past, is found in a manuscript that allows us to examine tenth-century traditions of anthologizing and organizing texts and to consider their importance for our reading of the peom. In addition, Beowulf is a poem that has, since the nineteenth century, dominated both academic and popular ideas of the Anglo-Saxon world. This seminar worked from the premise that Beowulf particiaptes in many phases of Anglo-Saxon culture, not simply the early or late periods proposed for its date. Taking the period 900-1000 A.D. as the general context, the course will study The Making of England A.D. 600-900, the illustrated catalogue compiled for the British Museum’s 1991-92 exhibit of Anglo-Saxon art and culture, as a companion text. The group will also explore the Newberry Library’s rich store of early editions of Beowulf to study editorial and linguistic traditions developed around the poem. A previous course in Old English was required.
Participants: John Brandt, Western Michigan University; Martin Foys, University of Chicago; Alta Halama, Loyola University Chicago; William Hudson II, University of Chicago; Keith Jensen, Loyola University Chicago; John Kehlen, University of Chicago; Mitchell Kupferberg, University of Chicago; Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel, University of Illinois at Chicago; John Marlin, University of Chicago; Brian McFadden, University of Notre Dame; Mary Dockray-Miller, Loyola University Chicago; Patricia Nebrida, Loyola University Chicago; Brian Spector, Loyola University Chicago; Julie Towell, Wayne State University; Peter Vassilatos, University of Chicago; Ben Withers, University of Chicago; Kathryn Woodruff, Western Michigan University.
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