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Thread #166098   Message #3992291
Posted By: GUEST
14-May-19 - 05:51 AM
Thread Name: If you don't like ballads......
Subject: RE: If you don't like ballads......
Incidentally, and this is thread drift, I keep finding articles that state that Child was a great and important student of the work of Chaucer, but he doesn't seem to have published much on the subject. I ended up doubting that he was all that important in the history of Chaucerian studies. He seems to have taught a variety of subjects, including maths, at his university, which suggests to me relatively low levels. Can you imagine today a don teaching such disparate topics? As a 'philologist' Child did write a piece, which I found, in which he drew inferences about the grammar of the "English" used by Chaucer, but I think it is perhaps worth saying that his approach was not a 'lit crit' one. I am sure he was as sensitive a reader of art poetry as anybody else, but this was not an area where he claimed expertise. So on the topic of Child's contribution to Chaucerian studies, happy to have more information.