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MEDIA ADVISORY: Beowulf Marathon

ATTENTION: HIGHER EDUCATION & FEATURE WRITERS, WEEKEND EDITORS

03 May 2001
Contact: Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations
(510) 643-5651
ckm@pa.urel.berkeley.edu


 

WHAT:
The 49th annual Beowulf Marathon at the University of California, Berkeley, a poetic rite of spring for the early medieval set.

Alliterative souls interested in the medieval period, dead languages and great poetry will take turns reading aloud the 3,182-line Old English epic poem about a warrior named Beowulf, a man-like monster named Grendel, and a dragon.

 
 

WHEN:
4 p.m. Friday, May 4, until approximately 9:30 p.m.

 
 

WHERE:
The English faculty lounge, 330 Wheeler Hall, just northeast of Sather Gate.

 
   
 

BACKGROUND:
The marathon is being sponsored jointly by the Graduate Medievalists at Berkeley, UC Berkeley's English department and UC Berkeley's program in medieval studies.

On-the-spot instruction will be available in Old English pronunciation.

Novices are welcome, and attendance is strictly drop-in. The event also encourages attendees to "BYOB" - Bring Your Own Beowulf. Any edition of the poem in Old English will do.

Patrick Schwieterman, an organizer and long-time participant, warns that friends will ask, "You spent five hours doing what?"

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