Prof. Anthony Edwards (University of Kent)
Full day - from 10.00 to 17.00
Maximum: 12 students
Venue: Senate House

This course will examine questions of method in editing Middle English texts, with illustrations from various writers, including Chaucer and Langland. Issues to be explored include principles of transcription, textual transmission, collation, emendation and the problems involved in selecting a copy text.


Charlotte Brewer, Editing Piers Plowman: the evolution of the text (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)
W. W. Greg, ‘The Rationale of Copy Text,’ W. W. Greg: Collected Papers, J. C. Maxwell, ed. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1966), pp. 374-91
George Kane, ed., Introduction to Piers Plowman: The A Version (London: Athlone Press, 1960)
T.W. Machan, ed., Medieval Literature: Text and Interpretation (Binghamton, NY:  Medieval & Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1991)
T.W.Machan, Textual Criticism and Middle English Texts (Charlottesville: University of Virginia, 1994)
A. J. Minnis & Charlotte Brewer, eds, Crux and Controversy in Middle English Textual Criticism, (Cambridge: Brewer, 1992)
D. J. Moffat & V. McCarren, eds, A Guide to Editing Middle English (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1998)
Derek Pearsall, ‘Theory and Practice in Middle English Editing,’ Text, 7 (1994), pp. 107-126
Derek Pearsall, ed., Manuscripts and Texts: Editorial Problems in Later Middle English Literature (Cambridge: Brewer, 1985)
Paul Ruggiers, ed., Editing Chaucer:  The Great Tradition (Norman, OK: Pilgrim Books, 1984)

Student Comments

Excellent. A good balance of practical work and theoretical discussion.

Excellent. I learned more in this day than in some longer courses. Very clear, engaging. Helpful handouts and exercises. Witty and informative.