Reviews changing approaches to the editing of Scottish literary texts, from the dominance of the Greg-Bowers theory of copytext to the emergence of the Social Text theory associated with Mackenzie and McGann; illustrates the developments from a variety of major Scottish authors and scholarly editions (specifically Thomas Carlyle and Walter Scott); and concludes by discussing the critical implications of differing approaches to editing two frequently-taught Scottish works, Robert Burns's "Tam o' Shanter" and Hugh MacDiarmid's A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle.
Scott, Patrick G.
"Divergent Authenticities: Editing Scottish Literary Texts: Introduction: How Editorial Theories Have Changed,"
Studies in Scottish Literature:
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