Lessons from the dragon: on the English language, historical metrics and the translation of Beowulf
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Professor Chris McCully from the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies will be giving his Professorial Inaugural Lecture at the University of Essex.
In this illustrated talk Professor Chris McCully re-examines his translation, or version, or re-working of the Old English poem Beowulf. He suggests that over a hundred years of critical history - which tends to see the metre of the poem as 'merely' accentual - can at worst compromise the sophistication of the text as well as mislead scholars as to the nature of earlier English verse. Chris also will say something about where dragons come from - and how they got to Essex.
Lecture starts at 6pm followed by a drinks reception from 7.15pm.
Free admission and open to all. Book your place via Eventbrite.
Part of the Professorial Inaugural Lecture Series.