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Shakespeare, Milton and Eighteenth-Century Literary Editing : The Beginnings of Interpretative Scholarship - Marcus Walsh

Shakespeare, Milton and Eighteenth-Century Literary Editing

The Beginnings of Interpretative Scholarship

Hardcover Published: 28th June 1997
ISBN: 9780521554435
Number Of Pages: 240

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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

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
Select bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521554435
ISBN-10: 0521554438
Series: Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature & Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 28th June 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.52