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ANAHITA September 1999

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Re: Beowulf and the Goddess

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Maeve-Kennedy <[log in to unmask]>

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Women and Gender in the Ancient World <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 24 Sep 1999 18:04:04 -0400

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Thanks so much for the link!  Facinating stuff.
   - Maeve

Little Oak School wrote:

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> >From: "Office of Resources for Int'l and Area Studies"
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> >Subject: Re: Beowulf and the Goddess
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> >Interesting that you should send me this bit on the 13th Warrior today.  I
> >went and saw it last weekend with my son really not knowing what to expect
> >and have thought a lot about it.  I was surprised to hear the text lifted
> >right out of Beowulf during the first third of the film I thought it really
> >was in cool blend of Ibn Fadlan and Anglo-Saxon sources but that totally
> >dissolves into pure Michael Crichton (a la Congo or Jurassic Park or any
> >other silly adventure piece)by the time the eaters of the dead arrive.  As
> >entertainment it's pretty impressive but I think it's completely wacko to
> >start treating it like something historical in any sense.  I'm sure the
> >film will set off a round of feminist Beowulf readings like the Anahita
> >one.  One of my pet peeves is the reading of Beowulf as a sort of romantic
> >Jungian tale of the supression of the primal memory of powerful women -- I
> >remember the class two summers ago had this argument re feeling sorry for
> >poor old Grendel and his mom. The horrors of exile and danger outside the
> >firelight (as it were) in that brutal time are real enough without having
> >to put fear of an ancient matriarchal past behind it.  I think too much
> >psychoanalysis does a disservice to the story. As for the powerful position
> >of Viking babes check out what Ibn Fadlan has to say about that
> >http://www.realtime.com/~gunnora/RisalaFm.htm.  There's my morning
> >tirade...back to work.
> >
> >Cheers, Michele
> >
> >
> >
> >Michele Delattre
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