Editing as a Theoretical Pursuit

  • Jerome McGann


In a trenchant metatheoretical essay, Lee Patterson investigates what he calls “The Kane-Donaldson Piers Plowman,” that is to say, the 1975 Athlone Press edition of the poem’s so-called B Text. 1 say “metatheoretical” because the edition itself constitutes the primary theoretical event. Patterson’s essay elucidates the theory of that extraordinary work of scholarship.


Theoretical Pursuit Textual Material Critical Editing Structure Search Editorial Project 
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  1. 3.
    I discuss this aspect throughout my recent study of Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Game that Must be Lost (New Haven: Yale UP, 2000).Google Scholar

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