Textual Scholarship and the Canon


Textual scholarship has always been closely linked to questions of canonicity, both in terms of what texts are edited and how they are edited. As attitudes towards the canon have altered over the last decade, textual scholarship too has changed, both in practice and theory. The essays in this collection examine the connections between textual scholarship and the canon, and the implications for textual scholarship of changing attitudes to the canon within the wider academic environment. As is now characteristic of Variants, essays range widely over time and space in their focus, reflecting the breadth of the Society’s membership and interests. Two essays focus on different aspects of the distinctive Lithuanian experience of the canon. Other essays trace the influence of the concept in Sweden, the problematic nature of the canon when dealing with unstable medieval texts, the debate within the German scholarly community about modes of editing, developments in the canon outside the academic world in the last decades, and an account of the problems of editing a very non-canonical text. Three essays not linked to the theme of the volume close the collection: an account of the galley proofs of Pynchon’s V., a survey of developments in book design for scholarly editions through print and beyond, and an account of the reception of Ossian, which fuses book history, textual scholarship and intellectual history.

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Peter Robinson: Introduction
Mikas Vaicekauskas: To Burn or To Republish? The Fate of the 18th–19th century Lithuanian Bestseller
Paulius V. Subačius: Canonisation as Impediment to Textual Scholarship: Lithuanian Postcolonial Experiences
Paula Henrikson: Canon and Classicity: Editing as Canonising in Swedish Romanticism
Gabriel Viehhauser: On the Margin of the Canon: Editions, the “Whole” Text and the “Whole” Codex
Michael Stolz: Medieval Canonicity and Rewriting: A Case Study of the Sigune-figure in Wolfram’s Parzival
Rüdiger Nutt-Kofoth: The Beißnerian Mode, the Zellerian Mode, and the Canonical Way of Modern Editing: Upheavals and Deviations in German Editorial Methodology – and its Historiography
Jesús Varela Zapata: The Canon Beyond Academia: Alternative Sources of Canonicity in Twentieth-Century Literature in English
Nila Vázquez: Drawbacks in the Process of Editing a Non-Canonical Chaucerian Text: The Case of Yonge Gamelyne of the Canterbury Tales
Luc Herman, John M. Krafft and Sharon B. Krafft: Missing Link: The V. Galleys at the Morgan Library and the Harry Ransom Center
Hans Walter Gabler: From Argument to Design: Editions in Books and Beyond the Book
Christian Benne: Ossian: The Book History of an Anti-book
Gillian Wright: Peter Beal, comp. A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology 1450-2000
Annika Bautz: Paul Eggert, Securing the Past: Conservation in Art, Architecture and Literature
Christine Collière-Whiteside: Olga Anokhina and Sabine Pétillon, eds. Critique génétique: Concepts, methods, outils
Oliver Pickering: Siân Echard, Printing the Middle Ages
Stephen B. Dobranski: The 1671 Poems: “Paradise Regain’d” and “Samson Agonistes.” Ed. Laura Lunger Knoppers. Vol. 2 of The Complete Works of John Milton
Katie Halsey: Janet Todd and Linda Bree (eds). The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen: Later Manuscripts
Chris Ackerley: Dirk Van Hulle. Manuscript Genetics: Joyce’s Know-How, Beckett’s Nohow
Werner Gelderblom: Musique Deoque: Un Archivio Digitale di Poesia Latina /A Digital Archive of Latin Poetry
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