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

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Juni 1997



This study sets out to investigate the theoretical and especially the 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 debates in modern editorial theory.


Introduction; 1. Some theoretical perspectives for the study of eighteenth-century editing; 2. Making sense of Scripture: biblical hermeneutics in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England; 3. Making sense of Milton: the editing of Paradise Lost; 4. Making sense of Shakespeare: editing from Pope to Capell; 5. Conclusion; Select bibliography.


' ... 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
EAN: 9780521554435
ISBN: 0521554438
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Eighteent'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 1997
Seitenanzahl: 240 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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