Enlightened by Literature

If you have both a love of literature and an interest in current affairs, you will want to explore the site Better Living Through Beowulf.

The creation of Robin R. Bates, a Maryland English professor, BLTB interprets current affairs in terms of literature. For example, this week he discusses the shooting of 14-year-old women’s activist Malala Yousafzai in the light of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

Bates has addressed the current angry political scene in a book, How Beowulf Can Save America: An Epic Hero’s Guide to Defeating the Politics of Rage. Kindle owners can download it free between October 21-25, 2012. After these dates you can buy the Kindle edition for $5 and the print edition for $8.95 at Amazon.

Better Living Through Beowulf

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Maeve Maddox writes about popular culture, English usage, and education. Her most recent books are WORD RAGE, a guide to peaceful coexistence as American English-speakers, and THE FABERGE FLUTE, a cozy mystery set in 1980s London.

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