E4 Context Resources

British Literature Module 4.1

Beowulf

Study Guide: British Literature (Excellence in Literature, English 4)

Focus TextBeowulf (translated by J. R. R. Tolkien or Seamus Heaney)

NOTE: This is an epic poem, created to be heard. I strongly recommend listening to it, or at least a portion of it.

Beowulf audiobook: http://amzn.to/2rdrRD2

Honors Texts

Context Resource Links

These links represent only the online resources referenced in this module. Instructions, background information, offline resources, and assignments are all found in the Excellence in Literature study guide listed above.

Readings

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/english/beowulf/

http://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~beowulf/

http://www.parklandsd.org/web/smith/files/2012/03/Tolkeins-Monsters-and-Critics.pdf

http://jerrywbrown.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Tolkien-Beowulf-the-Monsters-amp-the-Critics-1.pdf

https://excellence-in-literature.com/a-micro-history-of-the-english-language

http://www.bl.uk/learning/langlit/changlang/language.html

http://csis.pace.edu/grendel/proj1b/names.html

The Author’s Life

https://excellence-in-literature.com/why-read-beowulf-by-robert-f-yeager

Poetry

http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/ascp/

Audio

The complete text is required for this module, but this shorter audio by Julian Glover can serve as an excellent introduction: http://amzn.to/2qfTTZp

http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nael/noa/audio.htm

http://faculty.virginia.edu/OldEnglish/Beowulf.Readings/Beowulf.Readings.html

Librivox has an amateur reading of the entire poem, but I do not recommend it unless you cannot find a more professional recording (check your library or Audible.com).

http://librivox.org/beowulf/

Music

Benjamin Bagby Beowulf (Amazon)

http://www.regia.org/music.htm

Samples of modern Beowulf movie soundtrack.

Video

http://www.imdb.com/find?s=tt&q=beowulf

https://excellence-in-literature.com/beowulf-battle-scene-performed-by-benjamin-bagby

Visual Arts

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/english/beowulf/voyage.htm

http://www.uky.edu/~kiernan/welcome/1993.htm

http://www.heorot.dk/beo-guide.html

Beowulf illustration

http://www.jnanam.net/beowulf_art/

http://www.medart.pitt.edu/

Historic Context

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/anglo_saxons/


Index of British Literature context link pages

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British Literature Texts (recommended editions)

British Lit study guide, and links to focus and honors texts (opens in a new tab at the author’s Everyday Education site)

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