Author Archives: athenanagel

Beowulf (film)

Although “Beowulf” was one of the most stupid movies I have ever seen, it actually made me think of several different aspects of the story that I found interesting. Despite most of my classmates finding the film completely inaccurate, I found some similarities between it and the translation of the book that we read. Obviously, […]

Two Knights and Two Ladies

When we started watching A Knight’s Tale, I honestly didn’t think I was going to enjoy it half as much as I did. However, as the movie progressed, I found myself really getting into it. There was so much in the movie that I wanted to talk about!  Over this weekend, I was debating on […]

Contradictions between Chaucer’s Characters and Medieval Reality

This past week, our Medieval Literature class finished reading “The Canterbury Tales,” by Geoffrey Chaucer. I personally thought it was an entertaining book to read, and found many of the stories quite amusing. The last few days, we talked about different aspects of the stories that could be related to other texts that we have […]

Courtly Love

This week, Dr. Comber divided our class into five groups. My group’s subject was about courtly love. I especially found this topic interesting because of two factors. One being that it had quite a bit to do with my specialty area, which is the progression of music from the Anglo-Saxon period to the High Middle Ages. […]

Our Actual Monsters

This week, we focused on two different readings, one of which was Jeffrey Cohen’s “Monster Theory.” As I read this article last night, it made me think about how it could compare to real life situations. Even though I am still confused about some of the parts of “Monster Theory,” I believe that I have […]

It’s All How You See It

This week, our class focused on reading five different medieval poems, including “The Wanderer,” which my group was assigned.` The first day the poems were assigned, I was surprised to find out that I had to read the poems several times to get even a vague idea of what the poems were about, or, what […]

Different Transcriptions of Beowulf

This past week, Dr. Comber has had us do a variety of things, from reading different transcriptions of Beowulf and comparing them, to learning about the history of the Medieval time periods through her amazing PowerPoints. What I was particularly interested in was how I got very different impressions from the two transcriptions that we read. We […]