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Daniel Apollon and Claire Belisle

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038402

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038402.001.0001

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The Making of an Edition

The Making of an Edition

Three Crucial Dimensions

(p.203) 7. The Making of an Edition
Digital Critical Editions

Odd Einar Haugen

University of Illinois Press

This chapter reviews the long history of the practice of text criticism and scholarly editing and looks into the recent development of more objective methods based on mathematical techniques. It discusses how various qualitative and quantitative methods have been used in modern editions and proposes a typology of editions based on three dimensions: the reproduction of the source, the rendering of the process lying behind the text, and the selection of sources for the actual edition. While the practice of editing has a long history, it is commonly accepted that the foundation of editing as a scholarly or even scientific activity was created in the first half of the nineteenth century. From this time, strict and formal methods were being introduced in textual editing—notably, the use of shared errors.

Keywords:   text criticism, scholarly editing, mathematical techniques, source reproduction, source selection, shared errors

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