The Editing of Old English: Papers from the 1990 Manchester Conference

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Textual criticism is a topical subject and the twenty essays in this book offer a wide spectrum of views on the past, present and future of editing Old English. Texts covered include items of literary and historical prose and poetry, both within the traditional canon and outside it. The writers, all acknowledged experts in their fields, frequently represent their different positions in the provocative and polemical manner which characterised the conference at which the essays were first presented. This is a book ...
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Overview

Textual criticism is a topical subject and the twenty essays in this book offer a wide spectrum of views on the past, present and future of editing Old English. Texts covered include items of literary and historical prose and poetry, both within the traditional canon and outside it. The writers, all acknowledged experts in their fields, frequently represent their different positions in the provocative and polemical manner which characterised the conference at which the essays were first presented. This is a book which editors in all subject areas will benefit from and all Anglo-Saxon scholars will want to read. Contributors: PAUL E. SZARMACH, HELMUT GNEUSS, MARILYN DEEGAN, PETER ROBINSON, ALEXANDER RUMBLE, DAVID N. DUMVILLE, MICHAEL LAPIDGE, DAVID HOWLETT, ANTONETTE DiPAOLO HEALEY, CLARE LEES, HUGH MAGENNIS, A. N. DOANE, KATHERINE O'BRIEN O'KEEFFE, GRAHAM D. CAIE, M. R. GODDEN, JOYCE HILL, THEODORE H. LEINBAUGH, KATHRYN SUTHERLAND, J. R. HALL, RICHARD DAMMERY, J. D. PHEIFER, D. G. SCRAGG
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Veteran, novice, and prospective editors of Old English texts will find a broad spectrum of concerns addressed by the 20 papers. Instruction, suggestion, and speculation are offered on such issues as presenting editorial information concisely and clearly, what kinds of editorial material are appropriate alongside an edited text, the requirements of a variety of specialist readers from beginning students to lexicographers and scholars from other disciplines, notoriously difficult texts such as King Alfred's translation of Boethius, problems of manuscript context, and the history of editing Old English. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859914130
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/24/1994
  • Pages: 327

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
Guide to the Editing and Preparation of Texts for the Dictionary of Old English 7
The Electronic Edition 27
Palaeography and the Editing of Old English Texts 39
Editing Old English Texts for Historians and Other Troublemakers 45
On the Emendation of Old English Texts 53
New Criteria for Editing Beowulf 69
The Search for Meaning 85
Whose Text is it Anyway? Contexts for Editing Old English Prose 97
Old English Texts for Student Use 115
Editing Old English Oral/Written Texts: Problems of Method (With an Illustrative Edition of Charm 4, WID Faerstice) 125
Editing and the Material Text 147
Text and Context in Editing Old English: The Case of the Poetry in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 201 155
Editing Old English and the Problem of Alfred's Boethius 163
Aelfric, Authorial Identity and the Changing Text 177
Aelfric's Lives of Saints I and the Boulogne Sermon: Editorial Authorial and Textual Problems 191
Editing for a New Century: Elizabeth Elstob's Anglo-Saxon Manifesto and Aelfric's St Gregory Homily 213
The First Two Editions of Beowulf: Thorkelin's (1815) and Kemble's (1833) 239
Editing the Anglo-Saxon Laws: Felix Liebermann and Beyond 251
How Not to Edit Glossaries 263
Postscript: Quo Vadis, Editio? 299
Index 311
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