Heroic Identity in the World of "Beowulf" PDF ePub eBook

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Heroic Identity in the World of Readers of "Beowulf" have noted inconsistencies in Beowulf's depiction, as either heroic or reckless. "Heroic Identity in the World of Beowulf" resolves this tension by emphasizing Beowulf's identity as a foreign fighter seeking glory abroad. Such men resemble wreccan, 'exiles' compelled to leave their homelands due to excessive violence. Beowulf may be potentially arrogant, therefore, but he learns prudence. This native wisdom highlights a king's duty to his warband, in expectation of Beowulf's future rule. The dragon fight later raises the same question of incompatible identities, hero versus king. In frequent reference to Greek epic and Icelandic saga, this revisionist approach to Beowulf offers new interpretations of flying rhetoric, the custom of 'men dying with their lord', and the poem's digressions.

About Scott Gwara

Scott Gwara, PhD (Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, 1993) teaches Old and Middle English, Medieval Latin, and Epic at the University of South Carolina. The author of five books, he publishes widely on manuscripts, Latin literature, and bilingual learning in pre-Conquest England.

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Author : Scott Gwara
Publisher : Brill
Data Published : 15 November 2008
ISBN : 9004171703
EAN : 9789004171701
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 419 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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