Helen Damico will be at the UNM Bookstore on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. to sign copies of Beowulf and the Grendel-Kin: Politics and Poetry in Eleventh-Century England (West Virginia University Press, 2015). This event is open to the public.

In Beowulf and the Grendel-Kin, Helen Damico presents the first concentrated discussion of the initiatory two-thirds of Beowulf  in the context of early 11th century England. Damico offers incisive arguments that major historical events hold striking parallels with the poem's sixth-century narrative detailing the fall of the legendary Scyldings.

Beowulf and the Grendel-Kin lays out the story of the poem, not as a monster narrative nor solely a legendary tale, but as a poem of its time and an historical allegory coping with and reconfiguring sociopolitical events of the first half of England’s 11th century.

"...Damico's revolutionary thesis and supporting documents demand the attention of all serious students of Beowulf." Kevin Kiernan

Damico is Professor Emerita of English Medieval Language and Literature at the University of New Mexico, where she was twice selected as Outstanding Teacher and honored as UNM Presidential Teaching Fellow. She is a founder of UNM’s Institute for Medieval Studies, a recipient of the New Mexico Humanities Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Humanities, and the author of numerous works on Old English and Old Norse literature.

The UNM Bookstore is located at 2301 Central Ave. NE at the intersection of Cornell and Central. Contact Marie Claire Day at 277-1388 or mclaired@unm.edu for more information.