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.

Recommended reading:

Beowulf

Recommended Edition: The Beowulf Manuscript, edited and translated by R.D. Fulk, Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, Harvard University Press, 2010 (ISBN-13: 978-067405295)

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 10 reviews
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C.A.
Wonderful explanation of a complicated story

Margaret's enthusiasm and clear explanation made this experience a delight. She brought the characters to life and I really found it so informative and fascinating.

L
L.
Simplified Beowulf

It even made better sense than the movie. Her presentation style is great.

J
J.D.
McCurry Legends of Beowulf

I am reading A History of the Vikings: Children of Ash and Elm by Neil Price. Price refers to Beowulf several times. It has been many years since I read the epic poem, so I thought it would be good to revisit it. McCurry did not disappoint. She deftly took us through the tale and highlighted the themes that ran through the Viking culture. McCurry emphasized the Christian overtones that applied to the Anglo Saxon culture as well. The overview was very well done.
We have taken Context tours in person previously and this was my first virtual tour. It was well done and I look forward to more in the future.

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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
70%
(7)
20%
(2)
10%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
C
C.A.
Wonderful explanation of a complicated story

Margaret's enthusiasm and clear explanation made this experience a delight. She brought the characters to life and I really found it so informative and fascinating.

L
L.
Simplified Beowulf

It even made better sense than the movie. Her presentation style is great.

J
J.D.
McCurry Legends of Beowulf

I am reading A History of the Vikings: Children of Ash and Elm by Neil Price. Price refers to Beowulf several times. It has been many years since I read the epic poem, so I thought it would be good to revisit it. McCurry did not disappoint. She deftly took us through the tale and highlighted the themes that ran through the Viking culture. McCurry emphasized the Christian overtones that applied to the Anglo Saxon culture as well. The overview was very well done.
We have taken Context tours in person previously and this was my first virtual tour. It was well done and I look forward to more in the future.

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.