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Pride and Prudentius: Beowulf and the Seven Deadly Sins

Pride and Prudentius: Beowulf and the Seven Deadly Sins

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"Pride and Prudentius: Beowulf and the Seven Deadly Sins" by Mary O’Connor, appearing in Estro: Essex Student Research Online, Vol.4:1 (2011)
"Pride and Prudentius: Beowulf and the Seven Deadly Sins" by Mary O’Connor, appearing in Estro: Essex Student Research Online, Vol.4:1 (2011)

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Estro:Essex
Student
Research
Online
EXECUTIVEEDITORS
RebekahBonaparteKristinaFleuty
JOURNALMANAGER
MaxwellStevenson
Autumn2011
Seeinsidethebackcoverforinformationonsubmitting.
Visithttp://www.essex.ac.uk/journals/estroFreeaccess
to
allthearticlesinPDFformat.Signuptothemailinglisttoreceivemoreinformationaboutthejournal.
 
CONTENTS:SURVIVINGTHESILENCE:
THEARABIANNIGHTS
ANDITSREADERS1
CLAlRETYE
PRIDEANDPRUDENTIUS:BEOWULFANDTHESEVENDEADLYSINS9
MARYO'CONNOR
SHARINGDIVINELIGHT:ELGRECO'SREPRESENTATIONSOFSAINTFRANCIS17
NADEZHDANESHEVA
THEANALYSISOFANINTERVIEWONBBCBREAKFAST:ACOMPARATIVESTUDYWITHPOLITICALINTERVIEWS23
YUKARIYAMAOKA
WHATWASTHEIMPACTOFTHEKOREANWARONSOVIET-AMERICANRELATIONS40
ANDERSVAGE
AMATTEROFPERSPECTIVE:WHYPREDICTIONSOFNATO'SDEMISEAREFLAWED51
JASONNASELLI
 
EDITORIAL
WearepleasedtowelcomeyoutothefirsteditionofESTROforthisacademicyear.Themulti-disciplinarynatureofthejournalremainsprominentinthisissue,aswehavecontributionsfromanumberofdisciplines.Thearticleswehavechosenofferuniqueandengagingperspectivesonarangeoftopics.Therearealsoconnectionstobemadeacrossthesixarticles.Eacharticleinsomewaydealwiththeculturalrelationshipspeoplehaveformedinclassicalandmodernculture.Thefirstthreearticlesdiscusstherelationshipbetweenpopularcultureandthearts;allthreeprimarysources,
TheArabianNights,Beowulf
andthepaintingsofElGrecocouldbeconsideredpartofthepopularcultureoftheperiodsinwhichtheyemerged.Theyhavesubsequentlyacquiredadifferentstatusthroughtime;thearticlesdiscussing
TheArabianNights
and
Beowulf
considerhowweinteractwithfictionaltexts.Alternatively,the
Beowulf
textandElGreco'spaintingscanbediscussedintermsofhowtheycompareto-andcanbeconsideredadaptationsof-othersourcetexts,whichhighlightstherelationshipbetweenliteraryandartisticcreations.Thenextarticleexaminesaninterviewwithaniconofmodernpopularmusicculture.Thearticledrawsawarenesstoanothertypeofrelationship,thatofthetelevisioninterviewerandtheinterviewee;ajournalisticrelationshipwewitnessinthemedia.Thefinaltwoarticlesfocusonmodernpoliticalrelationships,whichareparticularlyfraughtinnature;betweentheSovietUnionandTheUnitedStates,andNATOandorganisationsscepticalofNATO'spractices.Theissueopenswiththeinsightfularticle,'SurvivingtheSilence:
TheArabianNights
anditsReaders',byClaireTye,whichexploresthelastingpopularityandinfluenceof'TheArabianNights'inEurope.ThearticlefocusesonhowtheirinfluencehasbeensustainedafterbeingbroughttoEuropethroughtradeduringtheearlyeighteenthcentury.Therefusalofthetalestobesilencedisrelatedtothereader'sdesiretotradetheirownstorieswiththetalesinordertoavoidtheinternalfearofbeingsilencedbydeath.Thecharacters'desiretohavetheirstorytoldiscomparedtothatofthereader,forexampleScheherazade'sbattleagainstbeingsilencedbyherownmoralityisaconditiontowhichmanycanrelate.
In
keepingwithTye'sarticle,thenextconsidersinfluence,butthistimeintermsofhowonetextinfluencedtheconceptionofanother.Inherarticle,titled'PrideandPrudentius:BeowulfandtheSevenDeadlySins',MaryO'Connormakescompellingcomparisonsbetweentheplotof
Beowulf
andPrudentius'allegoricalpoem
Psychomachia.
ThearticlecloselyexaminesaspectsofBeowulf'scharacter,forexamplehisstatusasaheroicwarrior,whilstalsoanalysingthetreatmentofsinssuchaswrathandpride.O'Connordeepensherargumentbymakingassociationswith
Psychomachia
andsuggestshowthismighthaveinfluencedtheconceptionof
Beowulf.
O'Connoralsohighlightsthereligiouscontext,exploringconflictingidealsofpagansexualityandChristianchastity.

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