Beowulf : a new feminist translation of the epic poem-9781911617822

Beowulf : a new feminist translation of the epic poem

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Author(s): Headley, Maria,
Binding: Paperback,
Date of Publication: 08/03/2021,
Pagination: 176 pages,
Series: N/A,
Imprint: Scribe Publications,
Published By: Scribe Publications,
Book Classification: Folklore myths & legends
ISBN13\EAN\SKU: 9781911617822

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A NEW STATESMAN AND IRISH TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR.

A new, feminist translation of Beowulf by the author of the acclaimed novel The Mere Wife. Nearly twenty years after Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf - and fifty years after the translation that continues to torment students around the world - there is a radical new verse interpretation of the epic poem by Maria Dahvana Headley, which brings to light elements never before translated into English. A man seeks to prove himself as a hero.

A monster seeks silence in his territory. A warrior seeks to avenge her murdered son. A dragon ends it all.

These familiar components of the epic poem are seen with a novelist's eye towards gender, genre, and history. Beowulf has always been a tale of entitlement and encroachment - of powerful men seeking to become more powerful and one woman seeking justice for her child - but this version brings new context to an old story. While crafting her contemporary adaptation, Headley unearthed significant shifts lost over centuries of translation.