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Abstract

This essay explores Robert Zemeckis’s Beowulf (2007) as a contemporary retelling of the Anglo-Saxon poem which has been influenced by both postmodern culture and post 9–11 philosophies. In this contemporary iteration, the figures and narratives of the hero, the monster, and their culture are radically destabilized and fragmented. These permeable and broken bodies offer insight about contemporary culture, as well as the originating Anglo-Saxon culture.