Beowulf : a new feminist translation of the epic poem (Hugo Award Winner, Best Related Work)
by Maria Dahvana Headley
Scribe Publications, 2021
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A monster seeks silence in his territory. A warrior seeks to avenge her murdered son. A dragon ends it all.
These familiar components of the epic poem are seen with a novelist's eye towards gender, genre, and history. Beowulf has always been a tale of entitlement and encroachment - of powerful men seeking to become more powerful and one woman seeking justice for her child - but this version brings new context to an old story. While crafting her contemporary adaptation, Headley unearthed significant shifts lost over centuries of translation.