British Literature Module 4.1
Study Guide: British Literature (Excellence in Literature, English 4)
Focus Text: Beowulf (translated by J. R. R. Tolkien or Seamus Heaney)
NOTE: This is an epic poem, created to be heard. I strongly recommend listening to it, or at least a portion of it.
Beowulf audiobook: http://amzn.to/2rdrRD2
- The Dream of the Rood
- Caedmon’s Hymn or The Battle of Maldon
- (all included in this Penguin edition)
Context Resource Links
These links represent only the online resources referenced in this module. Instructions, background information, offline resources, and assignments are all found in the Excellence in Literature study guide listed above.
The Author’s Life
The complete text is required for this module, but this shorter audio by Julian Glover can serve as an excellent introduction: https://amzn.to/3aRiMFG
Librivox has an amateur reading of the entire poem (not the recommended translation).
Benjamin Bagby Beowulf (Amazon)
Samples of modern Beowulf movie soundtrack.
In Search of Beowulf
Theological perspective (optional)
Index of British Literature context link pages
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British Literature Texts (recommended editions)
British Lit study guide, and links to focus and honors texts (opens in a new tab at the author’s Everyday Education site)