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This is a community translation of the earliest English epic poem. Beowulf tells the story of a mythical hero in northern Europe in, perhaps, the sixth century. Alongside his story, multiple other shorter narratives are told and many other voices are heard, making it a rich and varied account of the poet’s views of heroism, conflict, loyalty, and the human condition.

The poem is widely taught in schools and universities, and has been adapted, modernized, and translated dozens of times, but this is the first large-scale polyvocal translation.

Readers will encounter the voices of over two hundred individuals, woven together into a reading experience that is at once productively dissonant, yet strangely coherent in its extreme variation. We hope that it turns the common question "Why do we need yet another translation?" on its head, asking instead, "How can we hear from more translators?," and "How can previously unheard, or marginalized voices, find space, like this, in the world of Old English Studies?" With this in mind we invite a new generation of readers to try their own hand at translating Beowulf in the workbook space provided opposite this community translation.

It is often through the effort of translating that we see the reality of the original.

This book is available as Open Access.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-iii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. p. vii
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  1. The Translators
  2. pp. viii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. Elaine Treharne
  3. pp. 1-4
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  1. The Story
  2. Elane Treharne
  3. pp. 5-6
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  1. Old English Translation
  2. Jean Abbott
  3. pp. 7-14
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  1. A Polyvocal Epic and Editorial Policy
  2. Mateusz Fafinski
  3. pp. 15-16
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  1. Translation of the Poem Known as Beowulf
  2. pp. 17-184
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  1. Glossary of Characters and Terms
  2. Mateusz Fafinski
  3. pp. 185-190
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  1. Select Beowulf Bibliography
  2. pp. 191-194
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  1. Index of Translators
  2. pp. 195-198
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781641894746
Related ISBN(s)
9781641894708
MARC Record
OCLC
1268134696
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2021-12-09
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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