Degree Year

1980

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

English

Advisor(s)

Allen Frantzen

Keywords

Wulfstan

Abstract

For over a century, critics have worked toward a more detailed characterization of the work of Aelfric and, to a lesser extent, of Wulfstan. The homilies and other writings of these two authors have been examined for a wide variety of characteristics, from their use of classical rhetoric to specific criteria such as the use of alliterating qualifiers. However, these studies have been carried out almost without exception either in a vacuum or in the context of Latin sources. In 1950, Karl Jost showed that several of Wulfstan's homilies are based on homilies of Aelfric, and made an extensive comparison of their vocabularies. Yet not since this seminal work have these two greatest prose writers of the Anglo-Saxon age been considered in any detail together.

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