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Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England$
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Harold Love

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198112198

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112198.001.0001

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Editing Scribally Published Texts

Editing Scribally Published Texts

(p.312) (p.313) 8 Editing Scribally Published Texts
Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England

Harold Love

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the value of genealogical reasoning to the editing of scribally transmitted texts in early modern English. It notes that there has been much negativism over this matter in recent decades, but it seems that the difficulties are not nearly so acute as is sometimes assumed. It also talks about the special challenges posed to the constructor of transmissional histories by composite texts, such as miscellanies and anthologies. It also considers a range of problems attending the choice and treatment of the reading text. Lastly, it provides a discussion of the process of editing texts.

Keywords:   genealogical reasoning, editing, early modern English, transmissional histories, composite texts

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