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Tradition and Innovation in Old English Metre

296 pages
Amsterdam University Press

The importance of metrical analysis to the broad work of textual criticism and literary analysis cannot be overstated. In the thirty years since the publication of R. D. Fulk’s A History of Old English Meter, metrical theory has been brought to bear on questions of poetic style, dating and literary history, linguistics and language history, editing practice, manuscript analysis and scribal practice. The essays in this collection include contributions from both new scholars and established metrists. They focus on the application of metrical study to literary criticism and manuscript studies, engaging with current debate and offering new perspectives on the crucial role of metre to Old English scholarship.

Author Bio
Rachel A. Burns ===============

Rachel A. Burns is a Lecturer in medieval literature at Hertford College, University of Oxford. She previously worked on the CLASP project in the Oxford English Faculty. Her research on Old English poetry has been published as articles in Anglia and The Review of English Studies.

Rafael J. Pascual =================

Rafael J. Pascual is a Departmental Lecturer in English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford. Previously he held postdoctoral research positions at CLASP and at Harvard University. He specializes in medieval English language and literature (with a particular focus on Old English poetry).