Beyond Nostalgia: Formula and Novelty in Old English Literature

  title={Beyond Nostalgia: Formula and Novelty in Old English Literature},
  author={M. Sharma},
  pages={303 - 327}
Abstract Oral-formulaic theory has had an immense impact on the way we read and interpret Old English literature. Formulaic theory, however, can only think in terms of the repetition of “discrete,” pre-existent, and isolable units. But for Henri Bergson, the real is continuous and creative, not discrete and immobile. Following Bergson’s account of “continuous multiplicity” in Creative Evolution and drawing on Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s extension of Bergson’s thought in A Thousand… Expand
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Deaf Studies, Oral Tradition, and Old English Texts