Centre for the History of the Book

CHB Seminar series: Editing the Nineteenth Century

About the seminar

Editing the Nineteenth Century

By Professor Timothy Fulford and Professor Jane Stabler...

Editing the writings of Romantic and nineteenth-century literary figures has proven to be perennially controversial.  In some cases, a wealth of pre-publication material – drafts, fair copies, proofs, revises – creates challenges for editors trying to reconstruct the textual history of a work.  In others, post-publication revisions complicate editors’ aspirations of arriving at a definitive text.  In still others, the interventions of earlier editors – including family members, generate further complexity.  In this seminar, we will hear from two experienced editors about their work in progress, their understanding of the editorial process, and their uses of digital technologies.

About the speakers 

Professor Tim Fulford’s research lies in the area of literature in the Romantic era, in the contexts of colonialism, exploration, science, landscape, the picturesque, religion.  He has published many articles and books on these topics, featuring such writers as William Wordsworth, S. T. Coleridge, Robert Bloomfield, Mary Robinson, William Cowper, Jane Austen and John Clare. Professor Fulford is currently preparing scholarly editions of the letters of Robert Southey and of Humphry Davy.

Professor Jane Stabler has published widely on Romantic and nineteenth-century literature, including her monograph Byron, Poetics and History (CUP 2002).  She has edited Mansfield Park for Oxford University Press, and is currently at work on the Longman Annotated edition of Lord Byron’s Don Juan, a project funded by fellowships from the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.

About the Centre for the History of the Book

Established in 1995, the Centre for the History of the Book (CHB) promotes research into the production, circulation and reception of published material, from manuscripts to electronic texts.

Led by Professor Tom Mole, winner of the Saltire Literary Awards 2018 'Research Book of the Year' for his book 'What the Victorians Made of Romanticism', it is based in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) at the University of Edinburgh.

The CHB Annual Public Lecture is one of a range of activities organised by the Centre to bring together staff and students interested in the history of the book as a material object, in all its forms. Previous speakers include Kathleen Jamie and Alberto Manguel.

The Centre's one-year taught masters programme, Book History and Material Culture, brings together theory and practice in new and innovative ways and is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

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Jan 24 2020 -

CHB Seminar series: Editing the Nineteenth Century

'Editing the Nineteenth Century'. A free seminar by guest speakers Professor Timothy Fulford (De Montford University) and Professor Jane Stabler (University of St Andrews).

Room 2.04
Appleton Tower
11 Crichton St