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The Dating of Beowulf: A Reassessment
"This book will be a milestone, and deserves to be widely read. The early Beowulf that overwhelmingly emerges here asks hard questions, and the same strictly defined measures of metre, spelling,Expand
Philology, Allegory, and the Dating of Beowulf
According to Helen Damico’s new monograph, two centuries of philological scholarship on Old English language and literature have accumulated a body of knowledge about the dating of Beowulf and itsExpand
Direct Speech in Beowulf and Other Old English Narrative Poems
Can Old English poetry be interpreted by modern readers as if it were no more alien than literary works composed a decade or a century ago? Can we assume that the ironies, unities, ambiguities, andExpand
Large-scale quantitative profiling of the Old English verse tradition
The corpus of Old English verse is an indispensable source for scholars of the Indo-European tradition, early Germanic culture and English literary history. Although it has been the focus ofExpand
The Dating of Widsið and the Study of Germanic Antiquity
A consensus once existed in support of the claim that Widsið is the oldest extant poem in English and one of the earliest substantial documents written in any Germanic language. This consensus cameExpand
The Transmission of "Beowulf"
Scribal errors of proper names in the Beowulf manuscript
Abstract Scribal errors involving proper names appear throughout the manuscript of Beowulf. The scribes misrecognized names, converted them into common nouns of similar appearance, and spaced themExpand
The Evolution of Verse Structure in Old and Middle English Poetry: From the Earliest Alliterative Poems to Iambic Pentameter
In this monograph, Geoffrey Russom makes a decisive contribution to the longstanding debate over the origins of Middle English alliterative metre. Does the metre of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight ...
The Language of Beowulf and the Conditioning of Kaluza’s Law
In Beowulf, there are 106 verses in which second compound elements are unambiguously distributed into positions of resolution or non-resolution on the basis of etymological length distinctions thatExpand
Cain, Cam, Jutes, Giants, and the Textual Criticism of Beowulf
This article endeavors to resolve two longstanding sets of textual cruxes in Beowulf, the first involving Cain and Cam, the second involving Jutes and giants. To understand the behavior of theExpand