1st Edition

Early Modern Authorship and the Editorial Tradition Shakespeare, Donne, Herbert, and Milton

By Aleida Auld Copyright 2024
    222 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume adds a new dimension to authorship studies by linking the editorial tradition to the transformative reception of early modern authors and their works across time. Aleida Auld argues that the editorial tradition provides privileged access to the reception of early modern literature, informing our understanding of certain reconfigurations and sometimes helping to produce them between their time and our own. At stake are reconfigurations of oeuvre and authorship, the relationship between the author and work, the relationship between authors, and the author’s own role in establishing an editorial tradition. Ultimately, this study recognizes that the editorial tradition is a stabilizing force while asserting that it may also be a source of strange and provocative reconceptions of early modern authors and their works in the present day. Scholars and students of early modern literature will benefit from this approach to editing as a form of reception that encompasses all the editorial decisions that are necessary to ‘put forth’ a text.



    1 Authorizing the corpus: Shakespeare’s poems and Sonnets in the editorial tradition

    2 The man behind the author: Biographical approaches to Shakespeare’s Sonnets

    3 Associating authors: Herbert and Donne in and beyond metaphysical poetry

    4 Authoring the editorial tradition?: The case of Milton’s Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes




    Aleida Auld received her PhD at the University of Geneva. In 2017・ 18, she received a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation for extended research stays at the University of Oxford and the Folger Shakespeare Library.