Beowulf and Pedagogy in a Digital Age
This site is intended as a companion resource for the chapter "Beowulf and Pedagogy in the Digital Age," by Rebecca Straple-Sovers, in Practical Approaches to Teaching Beowulf, edited by Aaron Hostetter and Larry Swain (Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 2022). While the digital resources described in the chapter may change as time passes, this site will maintain an updated collection of digital sources that can help high school, college, and university instructors engage their students with the Old English poem Beowulf in a dynamic way.
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A Note on the Use of the Term "Anglo-Saxon"
The term "Anglo-Saxon" appears on this website only in situations where resources use it or where search results in older resources depend on the term; otherwise, "early medieval England/English" is used. For more information on recent discussions about race, racism, and medieval studies, including discussions about the use of the term “Anglo-Saxon,” see “Resources on Medieval Difference and Diversity” from the Medieval Studies Program at the University of Connecticut, particularly the section titled “Recent Discussions in Medieval Studies on Difference & Diversity.”
A Note on the Appropriation of the Middle Ages
Instructors should carefully examine resources from reenactment and “amateur” societies carefully before sharing them with their students to ensure that they are not associated with hate groups; it is an unfortunate reality that the Middle Ages are the subject of fascination and veneration for these groups. For more information, see “Resources on Medieval Difference and Diversity” from the Medieval Studies Program at the University of Connecticut, particularly useful sections like “On the Appropriation of the Middle Ages” and “Teaching Medieval Difference & Diversity.”