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Thursday, 06 January

103. Editing from Medieval Manuscripts: Current Challenges and Debates

3:30–4:45 p.m., Platinum Salon H, J. W. Marriott

Program arranged by the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions and the Division on Old English Language and Literature

Presiding: John D. Niles, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison

Speakers: Aaron J Kleist, Biola Univ.; Roy M. Liuzza, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville; Carol Braun Pasternack, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara; Emily V. Thornbury, Univ. of California, Berkeley

What are the chief challenges and opportunities currently facing the editors of scholarly editions of medieval texts, given the recent ferment in the academy regarding editorial theory, textual authority, and the “mouvance” of texts? How, in particular, are editors rethinking their roles now that technological advances offer the prospect of hypertext editions incorporating full or partial facsimiles of medieval manuscripts? And how positively are users responding to innovative editorial practices?

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