The Wanderer : a hypertext edition
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This paper consists of the different components of the introduction to “The Wanderer: a Hypertext Edition” presently housed on the server of the University of Saskatchewan’s Digital Research Centre. All the contents of this paper are available as part of that edition, although in a somewhat different format. This thesis contains two parts: the general introduction concerns the poem’s contents, context, and manuscript circumstance while the editorial introduction argues the rationale for this edition and the particulars of my editorial decisions. The editorial introduction explores how the single extant manuscript witness of “The Wanderer” has been inaccurately represented in transcription as well as the importance of transparency in one’s choices as an editor. The editorial introduction explains how this edition’s principles of transparency and interpretation over authority are based on clear objectives that were made after a survey of scholarly resources freely available on the web that revealed a great need for a freely available critical edition. These principles inform the edition’s rationale and specific editorial choices. The product of such an introduction is an edition that presents its editorial decisions in a transparent manner so that the user can distinguish between aspects of the text present in the document and those introduced by the editor.
DegreeMaster of Arts (M.A.)
SupervisorRobinson, Peter M.
Copyright DateSeptember 2015