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ENGLISH LITERATURE (L14)  (Dept. Info)Arts & Sciences  (Policies)SP2017

L14 E Lit 470Research Lab: Editorial Acts and Practices3.0 Units
Description:Editing literary texts is an ancient practice, as old perhaps as the making of literature itself, changing and various over time. At the center of this course is the question: what does it mean to edit texts for twenty-first century readers-what skills and practices are involved in editing texts for our time? E. Lit. 470 offers advanced undergraduates and graduate students an opportunity to participate in such an editing project: John Dryden for the "21st Century Oxford Authors" series. Oxford University Press's aim in this series is to present literary works in ways that are mindful of their early publication and circulation and that convey a sense of the original character of texts in print. How do we determine that character? How do we introduce works? How do we give a sense of their textual history? How do we fashion headnotes, glosses, and annotations? Members of this research seminar will address these and other questions that arise the moment we begin to think about cultivating the practices of an editor. Our procedure will be first to practice editing a group of early modern texts together-perhaps a poem or two of John Donne or Andrew Marvell, a bit of John Milton's prose, or a letter of the Earl of Rochester-and then to move on to the "21st Century Oxford" Dryden, with students assisting in all aspects of the edition and working to connect the class's communal labor as editors with the individual literary projects of its members. Satisfies the Early Modern requirement.
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