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In the last decade, editorial theory and practice have begun to generate some of the most interesting issues and problems in the humanities. The discovery of plagiarism in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dissertation and debates over editions of James Joyce's Ulysses appeared on the front pages of newspapers. The practice of editing has challenged our conceptions both of works themselves and of the principles by which art, meaning, and tradition are constituted.
Palimpsest is the first volume to consider the impact of the new editorial work and theory on a wide range of humanistic disciplines. It assembles an extraordinarily distinguished group of leading practitioners and theorists, who examine editing in a variety of contexts: literature, music, art, history, religion, and correspondence.
George Bornstein 1
Part 1. Editorial Theory Today
Editorial and Critical Theory: From Modernism to Postmodernism
D.C. Greetham 9
Polymorphic, Polysemic, Protean, Reliable, Electronic Texts
Peter L. Shillingsburg 29
I Shall Be Spoken: Textual Boundaries, Authors, and Intent
Ralph G. Williams 45
Feminism and Editing Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: The Editor And?/Or? the Text
Betty T. Bennett 67
Part 2. Editing Literature
Religion, Rhetoric, and Editorial Technique: Reconstructing the Classics
James E.G. Zetzel 99
The Renaissance and the End of Editing
Gary Taylor 121
The Case of The Ambassadors and the Textual Condition
Jerome McGann 151
What Is the Text of a Poem by Yeats?
George Bornstein 167
On Textual Criticism and Editing: The Case of Joyce's Ulysses
Hans Walter Gabler 195
Part 3. Editing in Other Disciplines
Editing the Editors: Translation and Elucidation of the Text of the Bible
David Noel Freedman 227
The Grime of the Centuries Is a Pigment of the Imagination: Michelangelo's Sistine Ceiling
Kathleen Weil-Garris Brandt 257
Benjamin Franklin's Correspondence: Whose Intent? What Text? I Don't Know's the Author
Barbara Oberg 271
Translations and Adaptations of Operatic Texts
Philip Gossett 285
Editing Martin Luther King, Jr.: Political and Scholarly Issues
Clayborne Carson 305