Old fossils and accounting history

Jayne Bisman

    Research output: Textual Creative WorksCreative Works Original - Textual

    1 Citation (Scopus)


    Purpose ' This poem aims to present a satirical critique and a defence of the role of accounting historians. Design/methodology/approach ' The approach takes the form of traditional Italian ottava rima poetic form of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries (see Baldick, 2008) . This features eight-line stanzas with six, 11-syllable (hendecasyllable) lines of alternating rhymes, concluding with a rhyming couplet. Findings ' The work explores common stereotypes and misconceptions about accounting historians and addresses these by explaining the value of the accounting historian in providing 'insights into accounting's present and future through its past' (Carnegie and Napier, 1996). Originality/value ' By using a poetic form developed around the time (and place) of the 'birth' of double entry accounting, there is a resonance of form with theme, given the focus on the endeavours of accounting historians.
    Original languageEnglish
    TypePoem, 8 line stanzas, published in Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal
    PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
    Number of pages1
    Place of PublicationUK
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Publication series

    NameAccounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal


    Dive into the research topics of 'Old fossils and accounting history'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this