The “effete, latte-drinking, Volvo-driving, Toronto Crowd” got their field day (as characterised by Roberta Frank, one of the organisers). Fulk, who slowly gathered steam from 1989 and onwards.Luckily, though, the careful plodders – “The Hush Puppies” – continued to rake the earth, studying the diminutive details of such boring elements as etymological lengths, Kaluza’s Law, the confusion and faulty transliteration of letter pairs like d and ð by the scribes and a number of other interesting features. In 1992, this resulted in his seminal publication on History of the Old English Meter.
Leonard Neidorf is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.
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Contrary to what might be expected, though, this book is not about the prehistory of this debate.
Since then “few topics in Anglo-Saxon studies have generated as much speculation and scholarship as the dating of Beowulf”, writes Leonard Neidorf in his recently edited volume on the “Dating of Beowulf”.
Many aspects of Anglo-Saxon literary culture are likewise examined, as contributors gauge the chronological significance of the monsters, heroes, history, and theology brought together in Beowulf.
Discussions of methodology and the history of the discipline also figure prominently in this collection.
Or is it rather a creature of nostalgia and imagination, born of the desire of a later age to create for itself a glorious past?
If we cannot decide when, between the 5th and 11th centuries, the poem was composed, we cannot distinguish what elements in belong properly to the history of material culture, to the history of myth and legend, to political history, or to the development of the English literary imagination.
Colin Robert Chase (1935 – October 13, 1984) was an American academic.
He was an associate professor of English at the University of Toronto, and known for his contributions to the studies of Old English and Anglo-Saxon literature. At the university he taught a wide variety of classes and had many doctoral students, and was a faculty member of St.
Now the time had come to explore the poetic qualities of the poem without having to consider its “Sitz im Leben”, its cultural context or even worse, come to grips with the complicated evidence presented by the linguistic, philological, phonological, palaeographical or metrical experts, who had for a long time plodded ahead trying to understand this enigmatic and beautiful poem in its cultural and historical context.