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  • November 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92942-3
  • 605 pages
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Textual Editing and Criticism

An Introduction


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Erick Kelemen (Author)

With a Foreword by Donald H. Reiman


Textual Editing and Criticism: An Introduction addresses a gap in currently available materials for English and American literature teachers who bring textual editing and criticism into their courses.

This book introduces undergraduate and beginning graduate students to the field and provides them with a broad range of examples and materials for hands-on practice. Textual Editing and Criticism: An Introduction is concerned with both the history of the text and the aesthetic and political choices made in textual transmission. It is intended for courses concerned with questions of literary interpretation and value.


Foreword by Donald H. Reiman

The foreword, by esteemed scholar and editor Donald H. Reiman, discusses the recent renaissance in textual studies and demonstrates why textual editing and criticism skills are so important for students of literature.

Student Exerises

Part II of the book consists of exercises of increasing difficulty, divided into two sections—“Working with Editions" and “Working with Documents.” “Working with Editions“ emphasizes reconstructing witnesses by working backward through notes and understanding the editorial choices made. “Working with Documents” includes five “collections” (facsimiles, transcriptions of works, parts of works) so that students can perform a variety of exercises, including producing their own editions.

A Pedagogical—Rather than a Theoretical—Approach

Textual Editing and Criticism emphasizes practical knowledge of textual editing and criticism that undergraduates and beginning graduate students will be able to apply in their own work. Paleography, codicology, and bibliography are touched on but only insofar as these subdisciplines illuminate the introductory principles of textual interpretation and editorial practice.

Helpful Apparatus

Sixty-six Illustrations (facsimile and manuscript pages), glossary of key terms, and a comprehensive bibliography complete the text.


    Foreword by Donald H. Reiman

    Part One

    Why Study Textual Editing and Criticism

    Text Technologies and Textual Transmissions

    Textual Criticism and Kinds of Editions

    Part Two

    1. A. E. Housman, from "The Application of Thought to Textual Criticism"
    2. W. W. Greg, "The Rationale of Copy-Text"
    3. James Thorpe, "The Aesthetics of Textual Criticism"
    4. Joseph Grigely, "The Textual Event"
    5. Leah Marcus, "The Shakespeare Editor as Shrew-Tamer"
    6. Peter W. M. Blayney, from The First Folio of Shakespeare
    7. Randall McLeod, "Gon. No more, the text is foolish."
    8. Ralph Hanna, Jr., "Producing Manuscripts and Editions"
    9. Charles E. Robinson, "Texts in Search of an Editor: Reflections on The Frankenstein Notebooks and on Editorial Authority"

    Part Three

    Working with Editions

    1. Jane Austen, from Mansfield Park
    2. Daniel Defoe, from Moll Flanders
    3. Herman Melville, "Art"
    4. William Shakespeare, from King Lear and Othello
    5. Emily Dickinson, ["Safe in their alabaster chambers"]

    Working with Documents

    1. Elizabeth Cary, from The Tragedie of Mariam, the Faire Queene of Jewry
    2. Phillis Wheatley, "On the Death of the Reverend Dr. Sewell"
    3. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, from Frankenstein
    4. Geoffrey Chaucer, "Truth"
    5. Marianne Moore, "Poetry"


    Selected Bibliography