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Lecture 2

ENGL 371 Lecture 2: ENGL 371 Lecture 2
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ENGL371
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A critical edition engages with the evidence of the text and explains how the
text was established, while an un-critical edition just gives you the text.
However, this is more of a descriptive difference than a quality difference. (E.g.
Project Guntenberg is an un-critical edition as well as anthologies often used in
University courses [which are actually called derivitive editions]).
Schools of Editing Theory:
Lachmann systematized textual editing
§
he is worried about editorial judgement and therefore, basis
editing on the family tree of text as opposed to pick-and-
choosing variables. Calls this constructing a stemma codicum
§
you then do recensio or recension -- choosing the editions that
are the closest to the original.
§
There is no print history for classics -- you must rely on scribes
§
you must look for patterns amongst the variants “convergance
vs. divergance and try to figure out which one is older than
another. They cannot truly know, but they are trying to figure
out by the evidence what is perhaps older or younger
§
a problem with this is that monks and scribes may change
some things to their preference. Also, relies on evidence so
much that majority rules within the witnesses whether they do
or don’t make sense
§
p. 92 shows process
§
1.
copy text
§
Eclectic
2.
Authorial/ Lost Original Schools
“Best Text”
Diplomatic
1.
Facsimile
2.
Versioning3.
Genetic4.
Historical Schools
They all have different motivations and emphasis and they all leave something
out. All these schools of editing try to figure out what to do with variables and
they all have different solutions for textual instability. They also ask how
logical/scientific you want the text to be as opposed to informed knowledge
(editorial judgment) is used in creating the addition.
Lecture 2
Thursday,+ September+ 22,+2016
9:14+AM

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Lecture 2 Thursday, September 22, 20169:14 AM A criticaledition engageswith theevidenceof thetextand explainshow the text wasestablished, while an un-criticaleditionjustgivesyou thetext. However, thisis more of a descriptive difference than a quality difference. (E.g. Project Guntenberg isan un -criticaleditionaswellasanthologiesoftenused in University courses [which are actually called derivitive editions]). Schools of Editing Theory: They all have different motivations and emphasis and they all leave something out. All theseschools of editing try to figureoutwhatto do with variablesand theyall have different solutionsfor textual instability. Theyalso ask how logical/scientific you want the text to be as opposed to informed knowledge (editorialjudgment)isusedincreatingtheaddition. • Authorial/ LostOriginalSchools 1. Genealogical(cladistics) § Lachmann systematized textualediting § heis worriedabouteditorialjudgementandtherefore,basis editing on the family tree of text asopposed to piand- choosing variables
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