The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1242 Monday, 19 June 2000.
Date: Monday, 19 Jun 2000 05:38:29 EDT
Subject: 11.1231 Parallel Texts
Comment: Re: SHK 11.1231 Parallel Texts
Some thoughts on Parallel texts from a lover of 19th century
If you're doing a parallel text edition (I presume Folio vs. quarto or
alike) don't edit either text. If you're doing an electronic text then
follow the original texts as precisely as possible and note exactly any
changes you have made for the limitations of the electronic form. Any
parallel text which has been edited is of no use whatsoever to
scholarship since it does not present any real comparision between
different editions of a play / poem etc. Edited texts are rather like
the coloured dinosaurs of the restructured computer kind...very pretty
but without scholarly value.