Maria Dahvana Headley’s translation of “Beowulf” forces us to think about what we need to be true about the past, and our access to it.
Eleanor Johnson is an associate professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is the author of Practicing Literary Theory in the Middle Ages (University of Chicago Press, 2013), Staging Contemplation: Participatory Theology in Middle English Prose, Verse, and Drama (University of Chicago Press, 2018), and two collections of poetry, The Dwell (Scrambler, 2009) and Her Many Feathered Bones (Achiote, 2010).
The Return of Homer’s Women
Emily Wilson’s Odyssey, Pat Barker’s Silence of the Girls, and Madeline Miller’s Circe speak the lost and muted voices of ancient Greek women ...
In medieval England, craft guilds—nailmakers, woolworkers, saddlers, grocers—designed scenes from Biblical history, beginning with Genesis, coursing through the life of Christ, and ending with ...