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Nokes, Richard Scott. Beowulf in Comic Books and Graphic Novels. Jefferson: McFarland, 2023. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-4766-8778-0
BibTeX citation key: Nokes2023
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Beowulf", Adaptation, Literature, Middle Ages
Creators: Nokes
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson)
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The legendary story of Beowulf comes to us in only one medieval manuscript with no illustrations. Modern comic book and graphic novel artists have created visual interpretations of Beowulf for decades, both illustrating and altering the classic story to pull out new themes.
This book examines the growing canon of Beowulf comic books and graphic novels since the 1940s, and shows the remarkable emergence of new traditions—from re-envisioning the medieval look, to creating new plotlines, and even to transforming his identity. While placing Beowulf in a fantastical medieval setting, a techno-dystopia of the future, or modern-day America, artists have appropriated the tale to comment on social issues such as war, environmental issues, masculinity, and consumerism. Whether Beowulf is fighting new monsters or allying with popular comic book superheroes, these artists are creating a new canon of illustration that redefines Beowulf’s place in our culture.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments (vi)
Timeline of Beowulf Comic Books and Graphic Novels (ix)
Note on Citations (xi)
Preface (1)

Introduction (5)
1. The Artist as Manuscript Illustrator (13)
2. The Further Adventures of Beowulf (74)
3. Beowulf as Storyteller (96)
4. Beowulf Transformed (107)
5. Beowulf for Younger Readers (129)
Conclusion (172)

Chapter Notes (177)
Bibliography (189)
Index (193)

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