Exploring Beowulf

Michael D. C. Drout

Join Professor Michael Drout to explore Beowulf!

Walk through through all 3,182 lines of the poem with Prof. Drout in monthly audio segments. You'll go line-by-line, with each segment focusing on a small number of lines at a time. Prof. Drout will read the Old English, translate, explain why to translate it that way, discuss problems with the manuscript, and more.

Exploring Beowulf will also include a series of more focused episodes on topics in Beowulf-studies, such as: The Manuscript, Beowulf and Oral Tradition, Beowulf and Christianity, Beowulf and the Germanic North, and others. There will be one topical lecture each month.

Purchase Options

Serial Release Subscriptions

Serial release provides subscribers with early access to a work in progress and a sneak peek into the process. Each month, subscribers will receive an installment of the work in a pre-publication format.

By becoming a monthly subscriber, you are supporting the author in their brave endeavors! You're also supporting the Press in our goal to bring quality literature into the world.

The first six installments will be released monthly and will form Volume I of Exploring Beowulf. Subscribers can access their content here on Blackberry under the Your Library section.

Installment 5 (releasing on June 30)

Installment 4: 1.) Lines 607-702. 2.) Lines 702B-790. 3.) Lines 791-874. 4.) Topic episode: Oral Tradition, Part 1: History and Formula.

Installment 3: 1.) Lines 286-398. 2.) Lines 399-498. 3.) Lines 499-606. 4.) Topic episode: Manuscript Paleography.

Installment 2: 1.) Lines 86-129. 2.) Lines 129B-188. 3.) Lines 189-285. 4.) Topic episode: The Manuscript: Material Characteristics.

Installment 1: 1.) Introduction. 2.) Lines 1-11. 3.) Lines 12-52. 4.) Lines 53-85. 5.) Topic episode: The History of the Beowulf Manuscript, Part 1.

Users must sign up by 11:59pm GMT on the 30th to receive the current month's installment.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

(If you are an Author's Circle member for Prof. Drout, you do not need to purchase a separate subscription. You receive the serial release as part of your membership.)
Audio Book $ 5.00 / month

Pre-Order Purchase

Once the first six installments have finished going through serial release, they will be further edited and published in the first volume!

Author’s Circle

The Author’s Circle allows greater interaction with the author and the text. Benefits of membership include:

  • Access to text and audio chapters on release
  • Access to notes and updates during the writing process
  • Monthly meetings with the author to discuss and give feedback on the most recent chapter
  • Sneak previews of cover art and illustrations
  • A mention in the book if they make a suggestion included in the final book
  • Acknowledgement in the final volume
  • Personalized versions of the book at final publication

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