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Melissa Venables

Research Student, Faculty of Arts


Research Summary

Current Status

PhD (part-time) - currently registered

Research Topic

Storytelling in Beowulf

Research Summary

I am looking at Beowulf as a story that has the power to act in the world through its impact on the audience, and that this impact is strengthened by the multiplicity of the story. By including multiple stories, voices, and viewpoints, the story is able to display complex situations and show multiple ways of navigating them. Although many of the story's original meanings are lost outside its original context, Beowulf many still have the power to be significant to a 21st century audience. The central questions are:

  • What does Beowulf do?
  • How might this be significant today, or in the future?

Research Interests

  • Old English poetry, especially Beowulf, The Wanderer, Wulf and Eadwacer
  • Storytelling, creative writing, performance, the power of storytelling, identity
  • Medievalism, medievaist and historical fiction, reenactment, film
  • I also enjoy dabbling in high medieval fashion and food

Research Supervisor/s

Research Institutes, Centres and/or Research Clusters Memberships

Institute for Medieval Research


Wolfe, Melissa. "Swa Cwæð Snottor on Mode: Four Issues in the Wanderer." Neophilologus 92 (2008): 559-65.

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