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Ælfric Scholarship

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This chapter shows how Ælfric was approached and appropriated in the past and it highlights the key publications that helped to construct and reconstruct him for post-medieval readers, in terms of the situating interests, ideologies and, technologies and methodologies of their ages. It identifies the key themes in current research and signals some possible directions for future work, taking account not only of the questions that scholars are asking but also of other factors that influence the agenda in Ælfric studies in the years ahead; factors such as the availability of new research tools and the priorities of the larger research environment. The chapter divides the history of Ælfric scholarship into four chronological sections, dealing with the foundational period, the age of philology (nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth), the twentieth century (or the larger part of it), and the most recent period (from the later twentieth century on).

Keywords: Ælfric scholarship; philology



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