Editing Scribally Published Texts

Harold Love

in Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England

Published in print May 1993 | ISBN: 9780198112198
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670695 | DOI:
Editing Scribally Published Texts

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This chapter discusses the value of genealogical reasoning to the editing of scribally transmitted texts in early modern English. It notes that there has been much negativism over this matter in recent decades, but it seems that the difficulties are not nearly so acute as is sometimes assumed. It also talks about the special challenges posed to the constructor of transmissional histories by composite texts, such as miscellanies and anthologies. It also considers a range of problems attending the choice and treatment of the reading text. Lastly, it provides a discussion of the process of editing texts.

Keywords: genealogical reasoning; editing; early modern English; transmissional histories; composite texts

Chapter.  17015 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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