Heroism as Constructed Masculinity in the Epic of Beowulf

Friday, November 7, 2014
Plaza Foyer (Sheraton)
Rachael Poe , University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Beowulf is the product of a patriarchal society, and, consequently, masculinity is an inherent consideration when defining heroism. Since an epic presents not the reality but the ideal state of the culture from which it comes, Beowulf is the epitome of Anglo-Saxon masculinity.