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philologyphi‧lol‧o‧gy /fəˈlɒlədʒi $ -ˈlɑː-/ noun [uncountable] old-fashioned  SLthe study of words and of the way words and languages developphilologist noun [countable]philological /ˌfɪləˈlɒdʒɪkəl◂ $ -ˈlɑː-/ adjective linguistics
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philologyBiography, bibliography and philology wait in attendance on literary appreciation; these four together cover the whole field of literary research.This view of language brings philology to life for Julia; she suddenly sees its object as the product of individual creativity.But Nietzsche's motive in opting for classical philology, when he finally did so, was not simple.Classical philology is a subject and institutionalized as such.Cornparative philology had not been invented.On its own terms, meanwhile, the new philology went from strength to strength.At the start of the novel Julia sees philology as a lifeless and uncreative pursuit.I have been quietly considering if we too should not break with philology as practised till now and its educational perspective.
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