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Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought : Shakespeare, Milton and Eighteenth-Century Literary Editing: The Beginnings of Interpretative Scholarship Series Number 35 - Marcus Walsh

Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought

Shakespeare, Milton and Eighteenth-Century Literary Editing: The Beginnings of Interpretative Scholarship Series Number 35

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Published: 5th July 2004
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The first developments in the editing of English literary texts in the eighteenth century were remarkable and important, and they have recently begun to attract considerable interest, particularly in relation to conditions and constructions of scholarship in the period. This study sets out to investigate, rather, the theoretical and interpretative bases of eighteenth-century literary editing. Extended chapters on Shakespearean and Miltonic commentary and editing demonstrate that the work of pioneering editors and commentators, such as Patrick Hume, Lewis Theobald, Zachary Pearce, and Edward Capell, was based on developed, sophisticated and often clearly articulated theories and methods of textual understanding and explanation. Marcus Walsh relates these interpretative theories and methods to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Anglican biblical hermeneutics, and to a number of key debates in modern editorial theory.

' ... a very intelligent, very detailed book, aimed primarily at scholars interested in theories of textual editing, in general eighteenth-century intellectual history, or in the textual history of Milton and Shakespeare's works ... exceptionally well researched and clearly presented work.' Candler Sheffield Rogers, Shakespeare Quarterly
"Shakespeare, Milton, and Eighteenth-Century Literary Editing will surely win log-standing respect among Miltonists, Shakespeareans, and specialists in the eighteenth century." Religion & Literature
"This book is superior to others in that it delves into the theoretical assumptions of the critics...." Bibliotheque D'Humanisme
"Teachers and scholars of early modern English textual studies will likely find much of interest in this accessible and intriguing book." Catherine S. Cox, Sixteenth-Century Journal
"Marcus Walsh's book charts the editing of Shakespeare and Milton during the eighteenth century and provides a careful and convincing examination of the origins of the editing of English literary texts." Modern Philology
"Shakespeare, Milton, and Eighteenth-Century Literary

Introduction
Some theoretical perspectives for the study of eighteenth-century editing
Making sense of Scripture: biblical hermeneutics in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England
Making sense of Milton: the editing of Paradise Lost
Making sense of Shakespeare: editing from Pope to Capell
Conclusion
Select bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521602907
ISBN-10: 0521602904
Series: Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 5th July 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.36