Introduction: the struggle for Shakespeare's text: twentieth-century editorial theory and practice

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dc.contributor.author Egan, Gabriel en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-31T16:29:24Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-31T16:29:24Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Egan, G. (2010) Introduction. In: Egan, G. ed. The struggle for Shakespeare's text: twentieth-century editorial theory and practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. en
dc.identifier.isbn 9780521889179
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/7705
dc.description This book chapter was published in the book, The Struggle for Shakespeare's Text Twentieth-Century Editorial Theory and Practice [© Cambridge University Press]. The publisher's website is at: http://www.cambridge.org/ en
dc.description.abstract We know Shakespeare's writings only from imperfectly-made early editions, from which editors struggle to remove errors. The New Bibliography of the early twentieth century, refined with technological enhancements in the 1950s and 1960s, taught generations of editors how to make sense of the early editions of Shakespeare and use them to make modern editions. This book is the first complete history of the ideas that gave this movement its intellectual authority, and of the challenges to that authority that emerged in the 1980s and 1990s. Working chronologically, Egan traces the struggle to wring from the early editions evidence of precisely what Shakespeare wrote. The story of another struggle, between competing interpretations of the evidence from early editions, is told in detail and the consequences for editorial practice are comprehensively surveyed, allowing readers to discover just what is at stake when scholars argue about how to edit Shakespeare. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en
dc.title Introduction: the struggle for Shakespeare's text: twentieth-century editorial theory and practice en
dc.type Book chapter en
dc.researchgroup English Research Group en


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