This episode of d’Archive features a discussion with Medieval Studies PhD candidate and Archives staff member Patrick Butler on medieval texts and readings from the Archives & Special Collections audio recordings collection.  Patrick’s insight into the origins of contemporary fantasy novels like the Lord of The Rings helps us think critically about the appropriations and reinterpretations of classic Medieval cannon like Caedmon’s Hymn, Beowulf and the Canterbury Tales for contemporary uses.  This episode is part of a series of genre sessions featuring archival recordings of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Westerns.

Featured Tracks:


Caedmon Recordings:

Caedmon’s Hymn


The Wanderer

Prologue to the Canterbury Tales

Disneyland Records, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit (1977)

Featured Collections:

Dodd Literary Audio Collection

Northeast Children’s Literature Collection


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About The Author

Graham is an Archivist overseeing the Human Rights and Alternative Press Collections at the UConn Library, Archives & Special Collections. His work focuses on the archivist as activist and expanding access to archives for a diverse audience. His personal interests deal with settler colonialism in antebellum Kansas Territory and Civil War memory.

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