“New Directions in Pooh Studies”


Dom forward me this article a while back and I finally got around to reading it all the way through. Too funny! New Directions in Pooh Studies:�berlieferungs- und religionsgeschichtliche Studien zum Pu-Buch:

There is little need, at the present stage of scholarship, to attempt a justi�cation of the principle that the dogma of unitary authorship for works of literature must be totally abandoned. In all con�dence we may say that a priori we may expect the Pooh corpus (viz. Winnie-the-Pooh, hereafter abbreviated W, containing traditions of higher antiquity than the Deutero-Pooh book, The House at Pooh Corner, hereafter abbreviated H) to be of composite origin; even if there were such a person as A.A. Milne, traditionally the ‘author’, we may be sure that he did not write the Pooh books. His name does not occur once within the narratives themselves, and we can hardly be expected to take a title-page, manifestly a later addition, seriously./1/

My sister, the theology major, laughed even harder than I did. But even those not in the know about Biblical scholarship can enjoy the humor. Do read the article. It’s not too long.


7 Responses to “New Directions in Pooh Studies”

  1. Jennifer (Conversion Diary) August 13, 2009 at 4:56 am #

    Happy anniversary!!

  2. MrsDarwin August 13, 2009 at 5:11 am #

    Many congratulations and many happy returns!

  3. Charlotte (Matilda) August 13, 2009 at 5:24 am #

    Happy anniversary! Four short years so filled with love and blessings!

  4. katherine August 13, 2009 at 6:58 am #

    Congratulations on having such blessings to celebrate. May God grant you many more years together.

  5. Cathy August 14, 2009 at 12:07 pm #

    Um..one whose face I haven’t seen..etc.?
    Is that a hint? Or am I obtuse (it could easily be the latter.)
    In any event, wishing you many more years of happiness.

  6. Karen Edmisten August 14, 2009 at 7:31 am #

    Happy anniversary, and prayers for many more blessings—of every kind—to come!

  7. Melanie Bettinelli August 14, 2009 at 9:25 am #


    Sorry I wasn’t trying to be cryptic. I was referring to Francis, the baby I miscarried at about 10 weeks, between Isabella and Sophia. I never even got to see an ultrasound or hear a heartbeat, but I hope to meet someday in heaven.

    Thanks, all, for the good wishes.

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