Title

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth: A Short History of German Chaucerphilologie in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2002

Abstract

Recent continuist 'grand narratives' of the archaeology of medieval studies blame philological practices for the allegedly backward state of the field. As an account of German-speaking Chaucer Philology in the nineteenth and early twentieth century demonstrates, such narratives are in dire need of historicizing through detailed case studies. When seen against their contemporary political, historical, social, and academic backgrounds, different phases of Chaucer study become visible, and none of them corresponds to the essentializing picture of philology presented by philology's late twentieth-century discontents.

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Published Citation

Utz, Richard. "When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth: A Short History of German Chaucerphilologie in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century." Philologie im Netz. 21 (2002), 54-62.