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Paper

Subject Area(s)

Textual editing, editorial theory

Abstract

Responds to a recent article by Peter Shillingsburg (in Studies in Bibliography , 1991)on the taxonomy of authorial revision or textual versions, arguing that for critical, biographical and historical study the editor (and interpreter) is constrained in the choice of variant by the purpose for which the text is being used. Examples are drawn from Victorian authors, including Alfred Tennyson, specifically the versions of Maud, and John Henry Newman, specifically successive versions of what became The Idea of the University. Originally presented at a symposium on Shillingsburg's article at the Textual and Bibliographical Studies Section, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, GA, November 1991.

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