The Legend of Beowulf with Margaret McCurry

The Legend of Beowulf with Margaret McCurry


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This seminar will examine the enduring strength and attraction of the legend of Beowulf, one of the oldest surviving works of literature in the English language.

The legend of Beowulf is a story that is both unfamiliar and familiar; while the epic narrative remains an ancient artifact of a time long since passed, it continues to capture our imaginations nevertheless. Together, we will follow the legend’s recurring themes of mortality, monstrosity, and morality while we develop an intimate knowledge of its captivating mythos.

Led by an emerging scholar of medieval literature, Margaret McCurry, this seminar will introduce readers to Beowulf’s courageous hero and to the creatures of darkness that threaten his kingdom. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a deeper understanding of the literary heritage of Beowulf. This seminar is intended for participants with little to no prior experience in studying medieval literature. Translations in modern English will be provided.

Margaret McCurry holds a master’s degree in English Literature from New York University, where she is currently working towards completing her doctorate degree. She is an emerging scholar of medieval literature, particularly of the medieval mystical tradition. Fascinated by the moments when words fail to fully capture or articulate meaning, her theoretical interests lie in non-verbal linguistics, musicology and sound studies, and disability studies.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
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K.K.
Beowulf

Margaret McCurry’s insights on The Legend of Beowulf were easy to follow and peaked my interest to do some further research. She is informative, entertaining and answered all of our questions. I have already recommended this conversation to my friends.

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G.

Enjoyed the lecture. Very informative. Translated it into modern English during my university days & found new research interesting.
Wish the Old English text reading had been a bit longer as I love the sound of what we call Old English that is incomprehensible to the modern ear.

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N.S.
Much more interesting than my high school reading days

I haven’t read this since high school but wanted to learn about this. Ms McCurry was very enthusiastic and did a very good job retelling the story of Beowulf!

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Review of Beowulf lecture

Very quick and rather superficial overview of this great epic poem. But, that being said, it is challenging to condense a work of t his length and depth into 1 hour.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
67%
(4)
17%
(1)
17%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
K
K.K.
Beowulf

Margaret McCurry’s insights on The Legend of Beowulf were easy to follow and peaked my interest to do some further research. She is informative, entertaining and answered all of our questions. I have already recommended this conversation to my friends.

G
G.

Enjoyed the lecture. Very informative. Translated it into modern English during my university days & found new research interesting.
Wish the Old English text reading had been a bit longer as I love the sound of what we call Old English that is incomprehensible to the modern ear.

N
N.S.
Much more interesting than my high school reading days

I haven’t read this since high school but wanted to learn about this. Ms McCurry was very enthusiastic and did a very good job retelling the story of Beowulf!

A
A.

Guest did not leave comment

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A.
Review of Beowulf lecture

Very quick and rather superficial overview of this great epic poem. But, that being said, it is challenging to condense a work of t his length and depth into 1 hour.