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  • Croft, Janet B.
    Death and Nostalgia: The Future of Beowulf in the Post-National Discipline of English. Momma*, Haruko; Powell, Michael. Literature Compass, vol. 4, no. 5, pp.
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      Death and Nostalgia: The Future of Beowulf in the Post-National
      Discipline of English. Momma*, Haruko; Powell, Michael. Literature Compass, vol. 4, no. 5, pp. 1345-1353, Sep 2007

      This co-authored essay considers the past and future of Beowulf
      studies in the form of a dialogue between Historia and Poesis, two
      allegorical figures used by J. R. R. Tolkien in his lecture 'Beowulf:
      The Monsters and the Critics'. Historia explains how Beowulf studies
      emerged in the early nineteenth century through the work of John
      Mitchell Kemble and other philologists who sought the origin of the
      English nation in its heroic past. Poesis contends that the future of
      Beowulf studies is best served by the discipline of English, long the
      host of poetry and its potential for self-discovery. Both agree that
      Beowulf will continue to appeal to readers even in the post-national
      era because of the nostalgia the poem evokes, be it a yearning for the
      past or the mourning of a lost home or the death of a culture. (Author
      abstract)

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