Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Criticism on BEOWULF


Available now in the library is an internet research database called JSTOR.

As noted on the website, http://www.jstor.org/:

JSTOR is a not–for–profit organization dedicated to helping the scholarly community discover, use, and build upon a wide range of intellectual content in a trusted digital archive. Our overarching aims are to preserve a record of scholarship for posterity and to advance research and teaching in cost–effective ways. We operate a research platform that deploys information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. We collaborate with organizations that can help us achieve our objectives and maximize the benefits for the scholarly community.

The goal of JSTOR is to introduce students and scholars to the wide world of literary criticism.[see footnote below]
It is also ideal for modeling how to write works of literary criticism.

To familiarize yourself with how to use the system, I would like each of you to search and print out one scholarly article pertaining to Beowulf and submit a one-paragraph “abstract”—a summary of a text, scientific article, document, speech, etc.—on that article to the blog, being sure to indicate the title of the article as well as its author.
You can access JSTOR from the library or from home by clicking the link to the left. Each of you will have to register individually with an easy-to-remember personal username and password (record them in your journals so that you do not lose them).

DUE DATE: Friday, October 3, 2008

Please be sure to submit your article with the proper heading:

Your Name
My Na me
ENG 141 / British Lit
Due Date

Article Title:
Article Author:


literary criticism
a written evaluation of a work of literature [syn:
the informed analysis and evaluation of literature


Rob Peach said...
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vinnie said...

Vinnie Venturella
Bro. Robert peach
ENG 141 / British Lit

Article Title: “Beowulf and the Varieties of Choice”
Article Author: Andrew Galloway

The scholarly article pertaining to Beowulf that I found using JSTOR was written by Andrew Galloway. “Beowulf and the Varieties of Choice” is about how Beowulf and other Anglo-Saxon scholars explore the concept of wyrd. Wyrd is another word for fate. It shows the relation to Christian predestination and as English poetry’s deterministic vision of history. In saying that it has a deterministic vision of history is stating that every human choice and decision has a sufficient cause. Beowulf makes many choices through out the novel. He choose to go and help fight Grendell. He decides to fight Grendell and choose to fight the dragon near the end on the novel. These choices lead up to his heroic death in the end of the novel. As a great warrior and a great leader of his people. Fate in both Christian predestination and deterministic vision by the English poets are basically the same belief. They both say that we all have a so-called “fate” established or looked over by a higher being, God. The difference is that in predestination it would have been known that Beowulf would choose to fight Grendell and others through his life. But, in a deterministic view of life, he would of choice this and altered his fate with every decision he choose to make and not make. Did he choose his “fate” of an honorable death? Or was he supposed to be a hero and did as God created him to do?