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Thread #166098   Message #3992725
Posted By: GUEST
17-May-19 - 03:34 AM
Thread Name: If you don't like ballads......
Subject: RE: If you don't like ballads......
Just to put the record straight on Child: I was challenged when I said he taught maths at university. It was in fact Harvard 'college' where he had graduated, and the Harvard magazine says that he taught maths, history and political economy, and English (which would have been language not 'literary' approaches, which were not even taught in English Unis till relatively recently, English being English Language more or less). So it seems Harvard was called a 'college' at that time. He was the general editor of a series of books on The English poets, but I can find no indication that he produced anything at all that would count as 'literary criticism' in today's usage of the words. His work on Chaucer was, as I have indicated, basically a form of 'linguistics' ie trying to work out the grammar including phonology of Chaucer's language. Summary of his career here

https://harvardmagazine.com/2006/05/francis-james-child.html

Here is what seems to be an example of one of the books in the poets series, and Child does not seem to have added anything to it, bar whatever general editors do... Very little literary analysis, though some very broad comment on the qualities of the writing.


https://archive.org/details/britishpoets01chilgoog/page/n22