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intertext
Nov. 27th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
heh. I am now laughing as I picture a poster such as you describe :)

Why, after all, should we be satisfied merely with Clive Owen's eyes and sensuous mouth?? Walter Raleigh standing at attention! That would pull in the ladies...
asakiyume
Nov. 27th, 2007 07:26 am (UTC)
Ahaha!

But--thinking of the success of "300"--it seems to me that enough swords and killing (which Beowulf has) should also get adolescent boys interested.
intertext
Nov. 27th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
Indeed. In fact there was a greater flurry of interest among my students for "300" than for Beowulf, though the students I'm actually teaching Beowulf to have been quite keen to see the latter.
asakiyume
Nov. 27th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
If the movie version of Beowulf has some good repeatable lines, it should be all set. My 18-year-old goes around saying "This is SPARTAAA" and "Tonight we dine in HELLL" all the time and I'm not even sure he actually made it to see "300"
wordweaverlynn
Nov. 27th, 2007 07:33 am (UTC)
Did I Miss a Memo?
It's been a few years since I last read Beowulf (whenever the Heaney translation came out), but as I recall, nothing was said about the Playboy potential of Grendel's dam.
intertext
Nov. 27th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Did I Miss a Memo?
Heh. Apparently, she has an amazing prehensile tail braid.
brinian
Nov. 27th, 2007 08:35 am (UTC)
sad but true!
beable
Nov. 28th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)

I enjoyed the movie (just came back from seeing it).

I mentioned the cartoon here to the friends I went to see it with and earned a rant on how "Beowulf wasn't English literature, the English didn't exist".

Which left me ranting back that most English departments that I knew of did begin Old English literature with Beowulf in translation and reuptable schools were not dumb enough to assume that literature only existed after Chaucer. But I was floundering. I probably could have come up with a better counterrant.

And both friends in question had been to college rather than university. College english courses apparently tend towards grammar and/or business English. And neither of their heigh schools even mentioned Beowulf. I remember a teacher in high school doing a little Beowulf with us, but only in passing.

intertext
Nov. 29th, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
Yeah, and there may not have been "English," but there were Anglo Saxons, and Old English is the direct ancestor of our English, so snooks.

And I teach college English, and our second year survey course begins with Beowulf. So did the English lit 12 course that I took in high school. And the English dept at UVic has a whole course on Old English literature. So snooks again.
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