5. Historicism

  1. Jacqueline Stodnick and
  2. Renée R. Trilling
  1. Scott Thompson Smith

Published Online: 4 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118328828.ch5

A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies

A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies

How to Cite

Smith, S. T. (2012) Historicism, in A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies (eds J. Stodnick and R. R. Trilling), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118328828.ch5

Author Information

  1. Pennsylvania State University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 28 SEP 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330199

Online ISBN: 9781118328828



  • historicism;
  • historicism broad, from classical antiquity to modern academics;
  • “Historical context” specific historical moments, and their particular texts/events;
  • historicist approach in Anglo-Saxon studies, projects and attitudes;
  • new historicism, the critic situated within a particular historical moment;
  • historicism signaling beliefs, scrutinizing subtle/inescapable interactions;
  • new historicism, open cultural field, exchange/contention/contradiction/resonance;
  • Anglo-Saxon England, exchange, critical practices driven by restrictive convention


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  • Notes

  • References