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

1st Edition

By Kathleen Forni


208 pages

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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


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



About the Author

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.

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Routledge Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture

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