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Beowulf's Popular Afterlife in Literature, Comic Books, and Film





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ISBN 9780367666491
September 30, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

Beowulf's presence on the popular cultural radar has increased in the past two decades, coincident with cultural crisis and change. Why? By way of a fusion of cultural studies, adaptation theory, and monster theory, Beowulf's Popular Afterlife examines a wide range of Anglo-American retellings and appropriations found in literary texts, comic books, and film. The most remarkable feature of popular adaptations of the poem is that its monsters, frequently victims of organized militarism, male aggression, or social injustice, are provided with strong motives for their retaliatory brutality. Popular adaptations invert the heroic ideology of the poem, and monsters are not only created by powerful men but are projections of their own pathological behavior. At the same time there is no question that the monsters created by human malfeasance must be eradicated.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents





Chapter One Introduction: Why Beowulf?



Chapter Two Beowulf's Monsters



Retellings



Chapter Three Adult Fiction



Chapter Four Beowulf for Kids



Chapter Five Comic Books



Chapter Six Film and T.V.



Chapter Seven Appropriations Across Genres and Media



Chapter Eight Conclusion, or, The Monsters are the Critics



Bibliography



Index

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Biography

Kathleen Forni is a Professor in the English Department at Loyola University Maryland. Her previous publications include, in addition to a number of journal articles, three books examining the formation of Chaucer's canon and Chaucer's twentieth-century reception.