Recent years have seen the inception of numerous large-scale editorial projects within eighteenth-century literary and related studies, whether already completed or still under way. There is wide agreement that this kind of well-resourced and up-to-date editorial work on major authors is of durable benefit to the scholarly world, and there is a general awareness of new prospects being opened up for the preparation and dissemination of such work through IT (eg full-text databases and hypertext editions). Yet there has been little scholarly discussion of this phenomenon as a whole, or of its future. This conference seeks to bring together 'representatives' from ongoing editions, as well as other scholars with interests and expertise in eighteenth-century editing and bibliography, to open up discussion of the topic and of future possibilities.
This event will interest faculty and postgraduate students engaged in research into the long eighteenth century (1660-1820). Literary writing in English is central, but non-literary writing will also figure. The conference may also be of interest to bibliographers and historians of the book.
Date: 27-29 August 2009. Venue: University of Glasgow, Scotland.
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