Neidorf, Dating of “Beowulf”

My review of The Dating of “Beowulf”: A Reassessment, ed. Leonard Neidorf (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2014), appears in the Review of English Studies. Here’s the opening of the review:

This collection, published under the same title as the 1981 University of Toronto Press volume that it hopes to supersede, grew out of a conference at Harvard University. Thirteen contributors reconsider the dating of Beowulf, and each of them concludes or accepts that Beowulf was composed in the eighth century. As the singular noun of the subtitle suggests, this Dating of ‘Beowulf’ is less a report from the field than a concerted provocation.

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