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Constructing the monstrous body in Beowulf

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The monstrosity of Grendel and his mother have long held the interest of Beowulf-scholars. Examining the bodily attributes of both figures in order to detect inter-textual patterns of diction, this article focuses on depictions of the monsters' skin, hands and blood. In analysing these attributes, it becomes clear that the Beowulf-poet's chosen descriptors align the monstrous body with manmade objects in general and with weapons and armour in particular. This blurring of body and human artifa...

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Publication status:
Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1017/S0263675114000064

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Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
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Anglo-Saxon England Journal website
Publication date:
2014-12-01
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EISSN:
1474-0532
ISSN:
0263-6751
Pubs id:
pubs:663124
URN:
uri:9d55e9ff-21de-4972-b7c6-1775444ef059
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uuid:9d55e9ff-21de-4972-b7c6-1775444ef059
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pubs:663124
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