Multimodal Everyman

I heard this song in church right after I taught Everyman this summer. And I want to buy the song from iTunes and play it for class next year. At least this portion:

I’m the man with all I’ve ever wanted
All the toys and playing games
I am the one who pours your coffee
Corner booth each Saturday

I am your daughter’s favorite teacher
I am the leader of the band
I sit behind you in the bleachers
I am every man

I’m the coach of every winning team
And still a loser in my mind
I am the soldier in the airport
Facing giants one more time

I am the woman shamed and haunted
By the cry of unborn life
I am every broken man
Nervous child, lonely wife

“Every Man” by Casting Crowns

novelty: thoughts

new = good
then as it becomes more available, it becomes harder to be good.

When there were only 1000 videos on the net, they were a big deal. Now there are billions and what people watch are mostly professionally produced (like TV clips).

apples and oranges
newspapers didn’t go away when radio came in
radio didn’t go away when television came in
but newspapers may go away because the internet will do what newspapers do, in the same alphabetic sense– and the advertising situation is an issue
local newspapers are dying, but they have been for years.

So… all this came from “The End of the Essay.” Is it really the end of the essay or are we just adding a new dimension?

Beowulf multimodal presentation

I want to do a presentation on Beowulf, perhaps flashing pictures while we read? I don’t know. But I want to do one. So I began collecting Beowulf sites with pictures. And then, of course, I found other cool Beowulf sites.

This is not pretty at all. But there are some great pictures and sites listed here.

the fight with Grendel’s mother

drawing of Beowulf that on first glance looks like a photo

Death of Beowulf

A series of photos from a movie from Iceland called Beowulf and Grendel.

Beowulf with a short beard

An anime type Beowulf, but he looks way too young to me.

A lime green rendition of Grendel and Beowulf

A better series of photos from the same movie.

A line drawing of the beach scene when Beowulf arrives.

Line drawing of Beowulf and Grendel by Claraval, the Tolkien artist

from Corona-Online

Grendel in Heorot, with legos

Heorot with legos, after Grendel

Beowulf art from Beowulf in Cyberspace. This is an entire set, organized by sections of the work.

Here is one example:

Beowulf answering Unferth

with bodies

4 very different Beowulf pics

Beowulf and dragon

Much better Beowulf and dragon

Beowulf and Grendel, where Grendel has a necklace of skulls (The early goth?)

Beowulf presents himself to Hrothgar, a drawing made for an English class. (I’m glad I didn’t have to draw anything for English class. I might not have made it to grad school.)

Dragon burning Beowulf’s shield.

A frontspiece

Beowulf fights the dragon, Wiglaf included

Beowulf pictures which are development designs, so a whole series. Click on them and they get rather big.

Beowulf geography

Beowulf family trees

the Death of Beowulf

Whole site with pics:
Beowulf: The Monsters and the Hero

Other, not just images:
A Pace course on Beowulf to Lear: Text, Image, and Hypertext. But I went to the Music Files for “Dream of the Rood” and got a blank page. Oh my gosh, though, the Student Works INT had some good stuff. This is some great stuff… It was a sophomore course in Computer Science and English. Basically a class on how to make websites and an Early British lit course. That would be fun to teach. Wonder if I could interest the departments in doing that?

Beowulf translations with over 100 selections of translations. Includes stuff on alliteration, a quicktime movie of reading in OE (though I can do that myself and with much more inflection and drama), and all kinds of interesting treats.

Beowulf in Cyberspace

An assignment on Beowulf, examining translations. This actually compares three different ones and talks about them. Then it gives a table of others and asks for students to identify the parallels. It’s very interesting. This is great. I am SO going to use this. Can I use it if it’s on the web?

Beowulf: Still a Hero an online presence for a teacher/class, is a whole set of annotated links, information, etc. My favorite section is at the bottom. “Graphic Novels.” There are three.

Beowulf vs Sir Gawain offers two images and an interesting characterization of the men, then asking which is the real hero. A definition/illustration paper in the making.

A good introduction/summary of research on the poem. It includes a pronunciation guide. Dang my prelim in Old English would have been a lot easier (or a lot harder) with the internet.

A much better reading, this one of Beowulf and Wiglaf fight the dragon.

A grad class syllabus on “Beowulf, Cultural Memory, and War”

Beowulf in Hypertext has some intro, history, stuff on the manuscript, author, and more than just Blackburn’s take on Christianity in the poem. (Though not a lot more.)

Gif of Beowulf, includes OE and modern E lines at the bottom that change and a live dragon that flies through the sky

Other things I learned

There is a graphic novel (originally a series of three) called Beowulf by Gareth Hinds. I loved the covers.

Beowulf is a game for xbox and a board game. But while the pics in “Google Images” looked amazing, I couldn’t find them when I clicked to the site. It might be worth purchasing just to get some good pics. I could probably find the game at Nan’s.

I got to page 44 of Google Images for Beowulf before I quit.