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Beowulf: a new feminist translation of the epic poem

by Maria Headley

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Published 8th March 2021, 176 pages
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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.

Details

Beowulf: a new feminist translation of the epic poem
by Maria Headley

ISBN
9781911617822

Publisher
Scribe Publications

Binding
Paperback

Publication date
March 8, 2021

Dimensions
19.8cm x 12.9cm x 1.3cm

Page count
176 pages