ENG 283E: Our Premodern Epics: How Epics Create Culture and Vice Versa


Beowulf is a unique epic in that it was written in Old English by an Anglo-Saxon audience around the tenth century, and yet, it focuses on the Danish and Scandinavian culture that had slowly been encroaching on the island of Britain since the Age of the Vikings. Beowulf is a standard in many classrooms as the quintessential English/British epic, and lives on today in many new iterations.

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