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The Composite Nature of Andreas

Department of Language and Literature, Signum University, Nashua, NH 03063, USA
Humanities 2019, 8(3), 130; https://doi.org/10.3390/h8030130
Received: 7 May 2019 / Revised: 28 June 2019 / Accepted: 20 July 2019 / Published: 31 July 2019
Scholars of the Old English poem Andreas have long debated its dating and authorship, as the poem shares affinities both with Beowulf and the signed poems of Cynewulf. Although this debate hinges on poetic style and other internal evidence, the stylistic uniformity of Andreas has not been suitably demonstrated. This paper investigates this question by examining the distribution of oral-formulaic data within the poem, which is then correlated to word frequency and orthographic profiles generated with lexomic techniques. The analysis identifies an earlier version of the poem, which has been expanded by a later poet. View Full-Text
Keywords: Anglo-Saxon literature; Old English language; philology; digital humanities; medieval studies; Andreas; Cynewulf; Beowulf; lexomics Anglo-Saxon literature; Old English language; philology; digital humanities; medieval studies; Andreas; Cynewulf; Beowulf; lexomics
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