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Spring Folger Seminar on Textual Debates and
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0449  Tuesday, 18 August 2009

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Subject:    Spring Folger Seminar on Textual Debates and Editorial Practice

Please forward the following call for applications to faculty and 
advanced graduate students who may be interested.

Textual Debates and Editorial Practice

A Spring Semester Seminar directed by Margaret Jane Kidnie

Editorial studies achieved an unexpected celebrity in the late 1980s and 
1990s, while occasioning sometimes heated polemical debate. While the 
scholarly quarrels have recently become more nuanced, there remains 
uncertainty about the principles of editorial practice. How are editors 
adapting their methodologies in face of the so-called theory wars, and 
how might they continue to evolve? How, if at all, are editions designed 
for use in the classroom, study, and theatre changing? This seminar is 
designed to engage practitioners new to the field as well as experienced 
editors who would like to explore current issues at more length. 
Participants will draw on their own works-in-progress among other 
examples to investigate the process of preparing an edition for 
publication, from interpreting manuscripts to establishing substantive 
editions to making decisions about emendation, lineation, and 
commentary. Using this practical aspect as a foundation for discussion, 
participants will explore new possibilities for editorial practice and 
the larger conceptual issues they raise. Topics will include authors and 
authority; print evidence of lost manuscript sources; changing canonical 
boundaries; editing conventions and modern publishing constraints; and 
editing and theatre as related forms of modern (and always adaptive?) 
production.

Director: Margaret Jane Kidnie, Professor of English at the University 
of Western Ontario, is the author of Shakespeare and the Problem of 
Adaptation (2009). She has edited Philip Stubbes: The Anatomie of Abuses 
(2002) and Ben Jonson: The Devil is an Ass and Other Plays (2000); her 
edition of The Humorous Magistrate, an early seventeenth-century 
manuscript drama, is forthcoming with the Malone Society. She is the 
co-editor of Textual Performances: The Modern Reproduction of 
Shakespeare's Drama (2004), and has written widely on editorial 
practice, particularly in relation to issues of performance. She is 
currently working on an edition of A Woman Killed with Kindness.

Schedule: Thursdays, 1  --  4:30 p.m., 28 January through 15 April 2010, 
except 25 February and 1 April.

Apply: 4 September 2009 for admission (and grants-in-aid for Folger 
Institute affiliates); 4 January 2010 for admission only.

Application information may be found on the Folger Institute's website: 
www.folger.edu/institute. Please forward any questions to 

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