It does provide a good overview of the critical history leading up to this collection, but the essays within tend to be difficult to follow and don't always provide an opinion on the date to go with their evidence.
Colin Robert Chase (1935 – October 13, 1984) was an American academic. Chase was married to his wife Joyce, and had children Deirdre, Robert, Tim, Mary, and Patrick. He had been a Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church, and participated in the attendant training program.
He was the Associate Professor of English at the University of Toronto, known for his contributions to the studies of Old English and Anglo-Saxon literature. from Harvard University in 1956, and studied classics and philosophy for five years at a Jesuit seminary. A.s from Saint Louis University and Johns Hopkins University, and at the University of Toronto, where in 1967 he became a part-time instructor, he completed his Ph. He had also performed in campus stage productions, a talent that had nearly led to a career in acting.
The date of Beowulf, debated for almost a century, is a small question with large consequences.
Does the poem provide us with an accurate if idealized view of early Germanic culture?
At the first stages, all the participants in Guilford’s original study censored their own thinking by limiting the possible solutions to those within the imaginary square (even those who eventually solved the puzzle).
Even though they weren’t instructed to restrain themselves from considering such a solution, they were unable to “see” the white space beyond the square’s boundaries.Only 20 percent managed to break out of the illusory confinement and continue their lines in the white space surrounding the dots.The symmetry, the beautiful simplicity of the solution, and the fact that 80 percent of the participants were effectively blinded by the boundaries of the square led Guilford and the readers of his books to leap to the sweeping conclusion that creativity requires you to go outside the box.Or is it rather a creature of nostalgia and imagination, born of the desire of a later age to create for itself a glorious past?If we cannot decide when, between the 5th and 11th centuries, the poem was composed, we cannot distinguish what elements in Beowulf belong properly to the history of material culture, to the history of myth and legend, to political history, or to the development of the English literary imagination.He was particularly known for his 1981 edited collection The Dating of Beowulf, and since 1976 served as the chief reviewer of the Beowulf section of "The Year's Work in Old English Studies" in the Old English Newsletter.