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Author Forni, Kathleen, author.

Title Beowulf's popular afterlife in literature, comic books, and film / by Kathleen Forni
Published New York : Routledge, 2018
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Series Routledge studies in medieval literature and culture ; 9
Routledge studies in medieval literature and culture ; 9
Contents Introduction: Why Beowulf? -- Beowulf's monsters retellings -- Adult fiction -- Beowulf for kids -- Comic books -- Film and T.V. -- Appropriations across genres and media -- Conclusion, or, The monsters are the critics
Summary Beowulf's presence on the popular cultural radar has increased in the past two decades, coincident with cultural crisis and change. Why? By way of a fusion of cultural studies, adaptation theory, and monster theory, Beowulf's Popular Afterlife examines a wide range of Anglo-American retellings and appropriations found in literary texts, comic books, and film. The most remarkable feature of popular adaptations of the poem is that its monsters, frequently victims of organized militarism, male aggression, or social injustice, are provided with strong motives for their retaliatory brutality. Popular adaptations invert the heroic ideology of the poem, and monsters are not only created by powerful men but are projections of their own pathological behavior. At the same time there is no question that the monsters created by human malfeasance must be eradicated
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Beowulf -- Adaptations -- History and criticism
Beowulf -- Influence
Monsters in literature.
Monsters in mass media.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Monsters in literature.
Monsters in mass media.
Genre/Form Adaptations.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0429466013