Session Title

Beowulf Camp in Kalamazoo: Specific Results from the 2016 NEH Institute "Teaching Beowulf in the Context of Old Norse-Icelandic Literature"

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Stephanie Opfer

Organizer Affiliation

Tiffin Univ.

Presider Name

Stephanie Opfer

Paper Title 1

Teaching through Monsters: Medieval Monstrosity and the Modern Imaginary

Presenter 1 Name

Richard Fahey

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Notre Dame

Paper Title 2

Troubled Waters: The Emblematic Landscape and Reactive Space of Beowulf 1408-1424a and 1492-1502a

Presenter 2 Name

David Pecan

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Nassau Community College

Paper Title 3

From Beowulf to Iceland to Iowa to Detroit: Bringing Context across Time, Geography, Audience, and Legal System

Presenter 3 Name

Mae T. Kilker

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Notre Dame

Start Date

11-5-2018 10:00 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1140

Description

In the summer of 2016, twenty-two scholars met at Western Michigan University for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute called “Teaching Beowulf in the Context of Old Norse-Icelandic Literature,” lead by Jana Schulman. For four weeks, we met and studied with various outstanding scholars including Rob Fulk, Heather O’Donoghue, Kevin Wanner, Dawn Hadley, and Gisli Sigurðsson. Some of the topics discussed were the Old Norse analogues of Beowulf, archaeology related to Beowulf, issues in translating Beowulf and the Old Norse sagas, and topics related to the Old Norse sagas themselves. The goal of the institute was to bring teachers of different backgrounds together to share and discuss the poem and sagas as well as share pedagogical techniques that would enrich our classrooms.

We will be presenting a session of papers that include work from scholars who have been influenced by the seminar. We wish to promote how the NEH seminar changed the way we teach Beowulf and Icelandic literature in general as well as how the seminar changed our thinking about individual research projects.

Stephanie Opfer

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Beowulf Camp in Kalamazoo: Specific Results from the 2016 NEH Institute "Teaching Beowulf in the Context of Old Norse-Icelandic Literature"

Schneider 1140

In the summer of 2016, twenty-two scholars met at Western Michigan University for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute called “Teaching Beowulf in the Context of Old Norse-Icelandic Literature,” lead by Jana Schulman. For four weeks, we met and studied with various outstanding scholars including Rob Fulk, Heather O’Donoghue, Kevin Wanner, Dawn Hadley, and Gisli Sigurðsson. Some of the topics discussed were the Old Norse analogues of Beowulf, archaeology related to Beowulf, issues in translating Beowulf and the Old Norse sagas, and topics related to the Old Norse sagas themselves. The goal of the institute was to bring teachers of different backgrounds together to share and discuss the poem and sagas as well as share pedagogical techniques that would enrich our classrooms.

We will be presenting a session of papers that include work from scholars who have been influenced by the seminar. We wish to promote how the NEH seminar changed the way we teach Beowulf and Icelandic literature in general as well as how the seminar changed our thinking about individual research projects.

Stephanie Opfer