The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0449 Tuesday, 18 August 2009
From: Owen Williams <
Date: Friday, 14 Aug 2009 13:27:51 -0400
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?)
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
S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List
Hardy M. Cook,
The S H A K S P E R Web Site <http://www.shaksper.net>
DISCLAIMER: Although SHAKSPER is a moderated discussion list, the
opinions expressed on it are the sole property of the poster, and the
editor assumes no responsibility for them.