Beowulf: Myth, Legend, and History | Newberry

Beowulf: Myth, Legend, and History

Friday, February 2, 2018

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried, University of Chicago
Full. Waitlist only.
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Although acknowledged as a foundational work of English literature, the complicated and allusive style of the longest epic poem in Old English often intimidates teachers and students alike. This seminar will help educators to read and teach the work in a new way by illuminating the fascinating mixture of mythic, legendary, and historical material that come together in the poem. We will turn to the literary heritage of Scandinavia and continental Europe to help us understand material that the Beowulf poet assumed the audience would already know, and we will examine the historical events and figures that appear in the work. Educators will gain new insights into making this powerful work exciting and engaging for their students.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 6, 2017. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.