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Shakespearean Editing and Why It Matters

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dc.contributor.author Marcus, Leah S. (Leah Sinanoglou)
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-24T19:07:34Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-24T19:07:34Z
dc.date.copyright 2005
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.citation Marcus, Leah S. "Shakespearean Editing and Why It Matters." Literature Compass 2 (2005): SH 119, 1-5. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/3126
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1111/j.1741-4113.2005.00119.x
dc.description.abstract A generation ago, many Shakespearean scholars simply accepted the versions of the play that they were provided with by editors. So long as the label was right (Arden, Oxford, Cambridge, Penguin, Riverside, Pelican) the content was assumed to be reliable. But editing can never be transparent; it is always influenced by the cultural assumptions of the editor and his or her era, however submerged those assumptions may be in terms of the editor's stated textual practices. In the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries, as a result of feminist and postcolonial critical approaches to Shakespearean texts, we have begun to realize the degree to which our inherited editions are shaped in accordance with assumptions about colonialism, race, and the status of women that are no longer acceptable to us, and that in fact distort elements of Shakespeare's plays as they exist in early printed quarto and folio versions. As earlier disciplinary boundaries between editing and criticism have broken down, Shakespearean critics have increasingly turned to editing in order to undo some of the racist and sexist assumptions behind our received texts of the plays. en
dc.description.sponsorship The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd. en
dc.subject.lcsh Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism, Textual en
dc.subject.lcsh Sexism in literature en
dc.subject.lcsh Race in literature en
dc.title Shakespearean Editing and Why It Matters en
dc.type Article en
dc.type Text en
dc.description.college College of Arts & Science
dc.description.department English Department


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    Edwin Mims Professor of English and Jewish Studies Program Director

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