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Modern-spelling Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1787  Thursday, 30 September 2004

[1]     From:   Kris McDermott <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 29 Sep 2004 09:42:08 -0400
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.1774 Modern-spelling Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Peter Holland <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 29 Sep 2004 10:16:47 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1774 Modern-spelling Shakespeare

[3]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 29 Sep 2004 12:11:24 -0400
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[4]     From:   David Lindley <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 29 Sep 2004 17:40:23 +0100
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[5]     From:   Ward Elliott <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 29 Sep 2004 11:51:06 -0700
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[6]     From:   Mac Jackson <
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        Date:   Thursday, 30 Sep 2004 11:37:09 +1200
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From:           Kris McDermott <
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Date:           Wednesday, 29 Sep 2004 09:42:08 -0400
Subject: 15.1774 Modern-spelling Shakespeare
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.1774 Modern-spelling Shakespeare

Two by David Bevington:

"Modern Spelling: The Hard Choices,"  Textual Performances: The Modern
Reproduction of Shakespeare's Drama, ed. Lukas Erne and Margaret Jane
Kidnie (Cambridge, 2004): 143-57.

"Editing Renaissance Texts in Paperback,"  Renaissance Drama 19 (1988):
127-147.

Kris McDermott
Central Michigan University

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From:           Peter Holland <
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Date:           Wednesday, 29 Sep 2004 10:16:47 -0500
Subject: 15.1774 Modern-spelling Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1774 Modern-spelling Shakespeare

Nothing beats Stanley Wells's 1984 study, *Re-editing Shakespeare for
the Modern Reader*. Thoughtful, provocative and unmatched.

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Date:           Wednesday, 29 Sep 2004 12:11:24 -0400
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Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1774 Modern-spelling Shakespeare

Stanley Wells wrote a little book on editorial practices.

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Date:           Wednesday, 29 Sep 2004 17:40:23 +0100
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Comment:        RE: SHK 15.1774 Modern-spelling Shakespeare

In raising the question of modernisation, Al, you are, of course,
entering a minefield - but to me the fundamental question is who the
edition is for, and why, given the increasing availability (via EEBO
etc.) of the 'original text', you want to edit the text at all. If you
are trying to make this text more accessible to student readers, then it
seems to me that there is justification for a modernised text, and if
you are modernising, then I can see no reason for not modernising
punctuation as well as orthography. I personally see no objection to
adding other aids to the reader's navigation of the text - provided it
is clearly signalled that this is your addition to the text (as in the
common practice of putting additions to Q/F stage directions of
Shakespeare in square brackets]. I'm sure others will refer you to the
standard guide to modernizing Shakespeare - by Stanley Wells.

David Lindley

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From:           Ward Elliott <
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Date:           Wednesday, 29 Sep 2004 11:51:06 -0700
Subject: 15.1774 Modern-spelling Shakespeare
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.1774 Modern-spelling Shakespeare

Take a look at Wells and Taylor, Modernizing Shakespeare's Spelling,
Clarendon Press, 1979.  When the Shakespeare Clinic and Word Perfect for
DOS were in their primes, in the 1980's and 1990's, it was possible to
make a Riverside Shakespeare spellchecker, which made conforming a text
to the Riverside a much easier task than using a generic spellchecker.
If you, or anyone else on Shaksper, have an old DOS-capable computer
with Word Perfect, and a desire to model on the Riverside, we could
supply two such spellcheckers, one which merges 'd endings into -ed, one
which doesn't.  In principle, should be able to do the same with the
Oxford, the Globe, or whatever other edition you prefer, and with Word,
as well as Word Perfect.  It's important because our old spellchecker
doesn't work on WP for Windows or Word for Windows, and WP for DOS
doesn't work with any Windows past 98.  We have been trying episodically
to make up a new set of spellcheckers with the assistance of a Microsoft
"partner," but the going has been very, very slow.  If there is a
Shaksper demand for such a thing, it would be nice to know it, and nice
to pass the information on the Microsoft.  Good commonization is
particularly important to people like us who use lots of vocabulary
tests.  It's very helpful if most of the "new words" in a text are
actually new words and not just orthographical mismatches.

Ward Elliott

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Date:           Thursday, 30 Sep 2004 11:37:09 +1200
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Comment:        RE: SHK 15.1774 Modern-spelling Shakespeare

One book Al Magary should consult is Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor,
Modernizing Shakespeare's Spelling (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979).

Mac Jackson

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