What Are You Reading? Part 2: Textual editing in principle and practice

Date(s) - 09/11/2011
6:00 pm

National Library of Scotland


In this lecture, scholars working on major editions of key Scottish authors will explore how modern editors set about producing an edited text. What are the principles we adhere to? What is the evidence that counts in valuing one state of the text over another? Should we prefer the author’s first or last version? How should we treat the author’s original manuscript? In the second part of the talk we will demonstrate the process of editing, in particular how we can benefit from the latest technological advances.

Why we edit books (Dr. Alison Lumsden, Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels)

How we edit books (Dr. Anthony Mandal (New Edinburgh Edition of Robert Louis Stevenson)

The event is free, but please book places beforehand at:https://auth.nls.uk/events/

Series sponsored by Edinburgh University and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.