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The Wanderer and the legacy of pathetic fallacy

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The Old English poem known as The Wanderer has long been said to rely on the device of ‘pathetic fallacy’ in its descriptions of stormy and frozen land- and seascapes. This piece of literary-critical terminology has strong ties to both Romantic and realist aesthetic ideals of the nineteenth century, and this paper outlines the assumptions which underpin the term and questions our continued use of it when discussing The Wanderer. By pointing us t...

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10.1007/s11061-022-09754-5

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
English Faculty
Oxford college:
Lincoln College
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Publisher:
Springer
Journal:
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Volume:
107
Pages:
103-125
Publication date:
2023-01-18
Acceptance date:
2022-11-15
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EISSN:
1572-8668
ISSN:
0028-2677
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1275473
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pubs:1275473
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2022-10-13

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