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Conventional severe modifying, outlined through the paper and print boundaries of the e-book, is now thought of by means of many to be insufficient for the expression and interpretation of advanced works of literature. while, electronic advancements are allowing us to increase the diversity of textual content items we will reproduce and examine severely - not only books, yet newspapers, draft manuscripts and inscriptions on stone. a few exponents of the advantages of new details applied sciences argue that during destiny all variants might be produced in electronic or on-line shape. against this, others aspect to the truth that print, after greater than years of improvement, keeps to set the time table for a way we predict approximately textual content, even in its non-print varieties. this significant ebook brings jointly prime textual critics, scholarly editors, technical experts and publishers to debate even if and the way current paradigms for constructing and utilizing serious variations are altering to mirror the elevated dedication to and assumed value of electronic instruments and methodologies.

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Is there any other interpretative discipline where the status and provenance of the interpreted object is so carelessly disregarded or simply taken on trust? Would historians or Classicists be so cavalier? W. C. ), Collected Papers (O xford: Clarendon Press, 1966), p. 83.  Greg, ‘Bibliography – an Apologia’, in Collected Papers, p. 254.  Quoted in Greg, ‘The Present Position of Bibliography’, in Collected Papers, p. 211. Being Critical 15 on the seriousness with which we, the insiders, assemble, validate and broadcast our readings, and no loss of authority in the general reception accorded those readings.

Currently and forseeably these will most usefully (most usefully, that is, for most people and most reading practices) continue to be stabilized, printed, paper critical editions. 21 ‘Drama Case Study: The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson’, in Burnard, O’Keefe and Unsworth (eds), Electronic Textual Editing, p. 123. This page has been left blank intentionally Chapter 2 The Compleat E dition Mats D ahlström Scholarly editions (SE s) based on textual criticism have historically been developed in intimate relationship with particular script and print-based technologies and distribution logistics.

These are recognized by much editorial theory, but far from always explicitly acknowledged in the SE s themselves. Particularly in idealistic editing discourse, SE s have often been presented as neutral ‘scientific’ instruments. Scheibe, for example, claimed that scholarly editing must maintain the objective approach to texts that has become impossible within literary studies. H e therefore called for the mass production of definitive historical-critical editions that would not need to be renewed to fit every new interpretative act or theoretical position.

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