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Introduction to Matters of Editing
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2301  Monday, 8 December 2003

[1]     From:   Hannibal Hamlin <
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        Date:   Friday, 05 Dec 2003 17:02:11 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2295 Introduction to Matters of Editing

[2]     From:   David Kathman <
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        Date:   Sunday, 07 Dec 2003 21:46:45 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2295 Introduction to Matters of Editing

[3]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Monday, 8 Dec 2003 05:24:50 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 14.22874 Introduction to Matters of Editing


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From:           Hannibal Hamlin <
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Date:           Friday, 05 Dec 2003 17:02:11 +0000
Subject: 14.2295 Introduction to Matters of Editing
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2295 Introduction to Matters of Editing

I have only just seen it (though it's been out since January), but "In
Arden: Editing Shakespeare" (Ann Thompson and Gordon McMullan eds.)
looks extremely promising.  Here's the blurb from the Arden website:

"A collection of new and specially commissioned essays by an eminent
team of Shakespeare scholars, focusing on the particular issues relating
to the editing of Shakespeare and other Renaissance texts. The editing
of dramatic and other literary texts has always been an important aspect
of literary studies. In recent years, editing and the theoretical
frameworks that underlie editing practices have become a lively and
controversial focus of debate, sparked both by philosophical discussions
on 'the death of the author' and by the technological challenges
presented by the possibilities of electronic texts. Most national and
international conferences on literature and drama include sessions on
textual studies and editing, and a number of monographs address
particular issues relating to the editing of Shakespeare and other
Renaissance texts, but this is the first overall survey of the current
state of the field."

Among the "team" are Anthony Dawson, H.R. Woudhuysen, Lois Potter, and
many of the other new Arden editors.

Another point in its favor is that it's in paperbook (though priced a
little high at $40).

Hannibal Hamlin

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From:           David Kathman <
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Date:           Sunday, 07 Dec 2003 21:46:45 -0600
Subject: 14.2295 Introduction to Matters of Editing
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2295 Introduction to Matters of Editing

Bill Lloyd wrote:

>Here's a book on editing matters that isn't recent or available because
>it's not due until July 2004, but which looks as if it will address some
>of the needs of Tom Bishop's next year's grad students.  From the latest
>Cambidge University Press Catalog:
>
>*The Modern Reproduction of Shakespeare's Drama"
>edited by Lukas Erne and  Margaret Jane Kidnie
>
>"Bringing together leading scholars to examine crucial questions
>regarding the theory and practice of editing Shakespeare' plays, these
>essays examine how what we know about early modern theatre practice, the
>author and the printer will affect modern editorial decisions. Focusing
>on key points of debate and controversy, this collection makes a vital
>contribution to a better understanding of editorial practice."
>
>Contributors: Lukas Erne, Margaret Jane Kidnie, Leah S. Marcus, H. R.
>Woodhuysen, Paul Werstine, John Jowett, Ernst Hongimann, Sonia Massai,
>Ann Thompson, Neil Taylor, Michael Warren, David Bevington, John D. Cox,
>John Lavagnino, Barbara Hodgson.
>
>280 pp.  $70.00  ISBN 0521830958
>
>Bill Lloyd can't wait.

Another collection along similar lines is Laurie Maguire and Thomas
Berger, eds.,
*Textual Formations and Reformations* (University of Delaware
Press/Associated University Presses, 1998).  It's got some really good
papers on the subject of editing, including some by the same authors as
in the above-mentioned book.

Well, Paul Werstine and Michael Warren, anyway.  There's some stuff on
controversial subjects, including quite a bit of Greg-bashing, and
several papers that get to the heart of some of the issues involved in
editing Shakespearean texts.

Dave Kathman

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Date:           Monday, 8 Dec 2003 05:24:50 -0500
Subject: Introduction to Matters of Editing
Comment:        SHK 14.22874 Introduction to Matters of Editing

Tom Bishop asks:

'Could SHAKSPER members please suggest recent and available books that
would help beginning graduate students get a handle on the arcana of
textual editing in Shakespeare studies?'

Tiffany Stern's forthcoming 'Making Shakespeare: the Pressures of Stage
and Page' is what you're looking for. It's written with undergraduates
and beginning graduate students very much in mind.  It'll be published
by Routledge in April 2004 as one of the 'Accents on Shakespeare'
series. Of course, I have to declare an interest.

T. Hawkes

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