Following my recent review of Beowulf, I’ve made the effort recently to start digging into contemporary scholarship on the famous poem and it’s various offshoots and creatively inspired followers.
One of them is recent feminist translation of Beowulf which I just reviewed for Geeks Under Grace. The other is a very well regarded deconstructionist take on the poem that actually manages to do something creative and new with the classical poem.
John Gardner’s Grendel is an existentialist retelling of the original poem told from the perspective of the villains. The book is inspired by the philosophy of Satre and spins a story about the nature of solipsism, identity and ego while still accurately portraying the canonical events of the original poem!