Owens, W.R. and Furbank, P. N.
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In PBSA (94 (2000), pp. 375-98) Irving Rothman attacked P.N. Furbank and W.R. Owens for their work on the Defoe attribution problem, arguing that they had not paid sufficient attention to the stylometric work of Stieg Hargevik (published in 1962). This article is a rejoinder to Rothman, arguing that he has not grasped the fundamental principle that it is not necessary to prove a negative: in other words, where no good reason has ever been put forward for attributing a work to Defoe, that work has no right to a place in the 'canon' of his works. Hargevik's early attempt at a 'stylometric' method of attributing works to Defoe was deeply flawed, and provides no reason for believing that works tested under his method should be regarded as by Defoe.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Copyright Holders:||2002 Bibliographical Society of America|
|Keywords:||English literature; style|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Arts > English|
|Depositing User:||Jean Fone|
|Date Deposited:||23 Jul 2010 09:18|
|Last Modified:||05 May 2011 14:43|
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