On argumentation in Old English philology, with particular reference to the editing and dating of Beowulf

@article{Fulk2003OnAI,
  title={On argumentation in Old English philology, with particular reference to the editing and dating of Beowulf},
  author={Robert D. Fulk},
  journal={Anglo-Saxon England},
  year={2003},
  volume={32},
  pages={1 - 26}
}
  • R. Fulk
  • Published 1 December 2003
  • Linguistics, Art
  • Anglo-Saxon England
If poststructuralist literary and cultural theory does not pervade Anglo-Saxon literary studies as thoroughly as it does scholarship in later periods, as it has sometimes been said, to a considerable extent the cause is surely the field's dependence on philology. Some see this as cause for regret. It may be, however, that philology is the field's greatest asset. Given the high value that recent literary studies accord textual alterity, Old English texts are of unparalleled worth in the English… 
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