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Tradition and Influence in Anglo-Saxon Literature: An Evolutionary, Cognitivist Approach

Michael D. C. Drout

Connecting the theory of tradition with the phenomenon of influence, Michael Drout moves beyond current theories and extends his own work from How Tradition Works. This forward-looking study introduces a new methodology – lexomics, the use of computer-aided statistical analysis to identify influence – and integrates research from cognitive psychology and evolutionary biology with traditional, philological approaches to literature, specifically the Anglo-Saxon poems of second codicological booklet of the Exeter Book. An example of hard interdisciplinarity, Tradition and Influence contributes to Anglo-Saxon studies, oral tradition, evolutionary epistemology, and cultural theory.

  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (19 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137325801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137325808

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