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Scholars and GentlemenShakespearean Textual Criticism and Representations of Scholarly Labour, 1725-1765$
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Simon Jarvis

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198182955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182955.001.0001

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The Culture of Scholarship in Early Eighteenth-Century England

The Culture of Scholarship in Early Eighteenth-Century England

(p.17) 1 The Culture of Scholarship in Early Eighteenth-Century England
Scholars and Gentlemen

Simon Jarvis

Oxford University Press

The relationship between eighteenth-century Shakespearian textual criticism and its classical and scriptural relatives has sometimes been approached from a rather misleading angle. Some attention has been paid to the derivation of early Shakespearian editorial procedures from classical scholarship. The need to understand attitudes towards the re-editing of vernacular texts in the context of attitudes towards classical and scriptural editing is clear, if only because scholars working on English texts so often compared Shakespearian textual criticism to its classical and scriptural counterparts. Lewis Theobald expressed the hope that the editing of English texts might render the same service to the English language that classical textual criticism had performed for standards of Greek and Latin, and declared his intention of modelling his edition of William Shakespeare on Richard Bentley's Amsterdam edition of Horace.

Keywords:   textual criticism, editorial procedures, scholarship, Lewis Theobald, English texts, William Shakespeare, Richard Bentley, Horace

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