The Red Wheelbarrow Poets are back with their best anthology ever! The Red Wheelbarrow 11 is full to bursting with great poetry, essays, artwork and reviews. There are dozens of poets here who have become a part of our community by reading at either of our monthly readings or participating in our long-running weekly poetry workshop. Featured poet is Jim Klein, with a selection of poems from his brand-new collection The Preembroidered Moment. Mike drop!
Author: Eileen A. Joy
Release Date: 2006
This work includes twenty-four essays including a preface, introduction, afterword, and sections containing seminal methodological pieces by such giants as Edward Said and Michel Foucault, as well as contemporary applications to Beowulf and other Old English and Germanic texts focusing on historicism, psychoanalysis, gender, textuality, and post-colonialism.
Readers of "Beowulf" have noted inconsistencies in Beowulf's depiction, as either heroic or reckless. "Heroic Identity in the World of Beowulf" resolves this tension by emphasizing Beowulf's identity as a foreign fighter seeking glory abroad. Such men resemble "wreccan," "exiles" compelled to leave their homelands due to excessive violence. Beowulf may be potentially arrogant, therefore, but he learns prudence. This native wisdom highlights a king's duty to his warband, in expectation of Beowulf's future rule. The dragon fight later raises the same question of incompatible identities, hero versus king. In frequent reference to Greek epic and Icelandic saga, this revisionist approach to "Beowulf" offers new interpretations of flyting rhetoric, the custom of "men dying with their lord," and the poem's digressions.