Beowulf as Introduction to Old English

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Beo­wulf is the most famous work in Old English and the most-studied poem in English before The Canterbury Tales. There is no shortage of handbooks exploring Beo­wulf, but not since the publication of Approaches to Teaching Beo­wulf in 1984 have teachers had access to a volume devoted solely to helping students come to terms with the poem. The essays in this volume are contributed by established and new scholars. The first part of the book concerns materials every teacher requires, including editions, translations, handbooks, adaptations, and electronic and multimedia resources. Essays in the second part describe innovative models for teaching Beo­wulf and update more traditional strategies, and approaches that use these and other materials.

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Beowulf as Introduction to Old English, in H. Chickering, A. J. Frantzen, & R. F. Yeager (Eds.), Teaching Beowulf in the Twenty-first Century, The Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, p. 67-74