Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Medieval Scholarships: Biographical Studies on the Formation of a Discipline, II: Literature and Philology

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Medieval Scholarships: Biographical Studies on the Formation of a Discipline, II: Literature and Philology

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Medieval Scholarship: Biographical Studies on the Formation of a Discipline, II: Literature and Philology, ed. Helen Damico, with Donald Fennema and Karmen Lent, Garland Reference Library of the Humanities 2071 (New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1998). xxx + 465 pp. ISBN 0-8153-2890-7. $95.00. This second volume of a projected three-volume work presents short essays on the intellectual biography of a number of medieval scholars, each of whom `developed medieval philology and literature into a profession'. The criteria for selection included: uncontested merit; multinational representation; gender representation (three women scholars are represented); and disciplinary representation. Certain other scholars are treated in biographies of their associates: thus for example, J. R. R. Tolkien is treated under Lewis; F. Diez under Paris; Francis J. Child under Kittredge. The main entries are: Carl T. Berkhout on Laurence Nowell; Richard L. Harris on George Hicks; Olafur Halldorsson on Arni Magnusson; Milton McC. Gatch on Humfrey Wanley; Kathryn Sutherland on Elizabeth Elstob; Phillip Pulsiano on Benjamin Thorpe; Marie Dobozy on the Brothers Grimm; Kirsten Wolf on Rasmus Rask; Derek Pearsall on Frederick James Furnivall; Charlotte Brewer on W. …

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