Department of English
November 4, 2010
Decker Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Beowulf in Performance
Benjamin Bagby’s unique performance of the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf in its original language, accompanying himself with an authentic Anglo-Saxon harp, has enthralled audiences around the world. In our modern print culture, the reading of literature is primarily a silent, personal and solitary experience. Bagby’s performance brings his audiences back into the ancient literary experience, which tended to be oral (and often musical), social and communal. Listeners have called Bagby’s performance “a triumphant demonstration of the power of storytelling,” noting that “when Benjamin Bagby speaks it is as if a thousand years have disappeared.” Modern English subtitles provided.
Sponsored by: The Sophie Kerr Committee