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Now on Fileserver: Revised EDITING E_TEXTS
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0763  Tuesday, 11 April 2000.

From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Tuesday, April 11, 2000
Subject:        Now on Fileserver: Revised EDITING E_TEXTS

As of today, SHAKSPEReans may retrieve a revised copy of my essay "'Take
your choice of those that best can ayde your action': Editing and the
Electronic Text" (EDITING E_TEXTS) from the SHAKSPER fileserver.

An earlier version of this paper accompanied by a PowerPoint
presentation was given at the 1998 Shakespeare Association of America
Annual Meeting Panel "The Electronic Text as a Tool in Research and
Teaching," March 21, 1998, in Cleveland, Ohio. The paper was presented
again with a more expanded PowerPoint presentation as the Keynote
Address at the College English Association, Middle Atlantic Group's
annual conference, March 6, 1999. Although the paper is meant to be
heard in conjunction with its PowerPoint counterpoint, the substance of
the presentation is recorded here and published in CEAMagazine. 2000:
3-14).

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David Scott Kastan contends in his piece for the 1996 Shakespeare
Studies Forum: Editing Early Modern Texts that "Editing has suddenly
become hot, or, if not exactly hot as an activity to undertake (it does,
after all, involve a lot of very tedious, numbingly cold, work), at
least a hot topic (arguably the hot topic) to debate."  Kastan's
principal reason for this contention centers on the manner in which many
postmodern scholars approach early modern texts: "Never has the
materiality of the texts we study seemed so compelling, so unavoidable,
and so exhilaratingly problematic" (30).  Whether one agrees that
editing is "the hot topic" to debate, certainly much has been written on
the subject in the past fifteen years since Jerome J. McGann's A
Critique of Modern Textual Criticism, prompting many to reexamine the
New Bibliography and their own assumptions about editing and edited
texts.
 

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