Shakespeare, Milton and Eighteenth-Century Literary Editing: The Beginnings of Interpretative Scholarship

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 5, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 240 pages
This study sets out to investigate the theoretical and especially the interpretative bases of eighteenth-century literary editing. Extended chapters on Shakespearean and Miltonic commentary and editing demonstrate that the work of pioneering editors and commentators, such as Patrick Hume, Lewis Theobald, Zachary Pearce, and Edward Capell, was based on developed, sophisticated, and often clearly articulated theories and methods of textual understanding and explanation. Marcus Walsh relates these interpretative theories and methods to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Anglican biblical hermeneutics, and to a number of debates in modern editorial theory.
 

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Contents

biblical hermeneutics
30
the editing of Paradise Lost
53
Bentleys answerers and the development
76
Thomas Newtons variorum
94
editing from Pope
111
Pope and Theobald
126
Upton Edwards Johnson
149
Edward Capell
175
Conclusion
199
Index
217
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