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Tolkien and _Beowulf_, sort of

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  • Joe Christopher
    In _PMLA_ 125.2 (March 2010): 289-305, James W. Earl has an essay, The Forbidden _Beowulf_: Haunted by Incest, which mentions Tolkien often--at least seven
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      In _PMLA_ 125.2 (March 2010): 289-305, James W. Earl has an essay, "The Forbidden _Beowulf_: Haunted by Incest," which mentions Tolkien often--at least seven times--but in an odd way. In fact, Earl once calls Tolkien's _Beowulf_ essay "Tolkien's 1936 Copernican revolution" (299). But Earl is interested in the pre-Tolkienian _Beowulf_ criticism, reading the poem in connection with its analogues. If one is really interested in _Beowulf_, it's a fascinating essay. (But then I have a taste for academic essays...) --Joe
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