Asa Simon Mittman deposited Monsters and Monstrosity in Jewish History From the Middle Ages to Modernity in the group Global & Transnational Studies on Humanities Commons 3 months ago
The line “Enge anpaðas uncuð gelad” [narrow path, unknown way] appears twice in the Old English corpus: once in the Old English Exodus (a tale from Old Testament narrative poetry that tells us a story of the Israelites fleeing the Egyptians) and once in Beowulf (an epic story of masculine bravado, intense alienation and Otherness, and time past and almost forgotten). Miriamne Ara Krummel and Asa Simon Mittman attempt to generate new perspectives on these well-known narratives. They ask readers to reconsider their visions of two Anglo-Saxon poems that have, for perhaps overlong, occupied our imaginations as narratives about a deeply masculinized world of infallible, semi-Christianized warriors. Through a series of imagined encounters between outcasts, Krummel and Mittman wonder over the significance of this duplicated line that changes meaning if the crossing of this path is considered counterintuitively.