Wednesday 3 August 2022 11:01 PM Monstrous! Old English classic Beowulf gets slapped with trigger warning over ... trends now

Wednesday 3 August 2022 11:01 PM Monstrous! Old English classic Beowulf gets slapped with trigger warning over ... trends now
Wednesday 3 August 2022 11:01 PM Monstrous! Old English classic Beowulf gets slapped with trigger warning over ... trends now

Wednesday 3 August 2022 11:01 PM Monstrous! Old English classic Beowulf gets slapped with trigger warning over ... trends now

Monstrous! Old English classic Beowulf gets slapped with trigger warning as university dons fear students may be distressed to read about monsters Academics at Aberdeen University have slapped Beowulf with a trigger warning  They claim students may be distressed by the monsters in the Old English poem  The note warned about violence, coercion, animal cruelty, incest and suicide In addition, the guidance note warned students that ‘there will also be monsters’ 

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It's a staple of English literature courses, an Old English epic poem so dramatic it has even spawned a computer-animated action fantasy film.

Yet academics have slapped a ‘trigger warning’ on Beowulf, cautioning students that they may read about ‘monsters’. 

The University of Aberdeen believes that students reading Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Studies may be distressed by the saga. 

The university has put more than 30 warnings on one module, entitled ‘Lost Gods and Hidden Monsters of the Celtic and Germanic Middle Ages’. 

A note to students reads: ‘Texts studied on this course contain representations of violence, coercion, animal cruelty or animal death, incest, suicide, explicit sexual content... ableism.’ 

In addition, students were warned that ‘there will also be monsters’. 

Ray Winstone provided the voice of Beowulf (pictured) in a 2007 film adaptation

Ray Winstone provided the voice of Beowulf (pictured) in a 2007 film adaptation

It is not the first time Aberdeen has attracted controversy for its use of trigger warnings. 

Last year, The Mail on Sunday revealed the university cautioned students that Robert Louis

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