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Thread #166098   Message #3992312
Posted By: GUEST,Pseudonymous
14-May-19 - 07:53 AM
Thread Name: If you don't like ballads......
Subject: RE: If you don't like ballads......
And a very brief comment on Child in one of my books on Chaucer basically says he is now mainly seen as an example of 19th century dogmatism based on artificial reconstructions of what Chaucer wrote. So I think that the Library of Congress account of him quoted further up this thread which triggered this line of thought (I had read the stuff Child wrote on Chaucer some time before) 'bigs Chaucer up' and lacks scholarly objectivity in claiming more for him than he achieved. Obviously not everybody will agree but this is my view.