ENG 9001F: BIBLIOGRAPHY II (Old and Middle English)
Department of English, University of Toronto, 1998-99
Instructor: Professor Ian Lancashire
Office: Room 122, Wetmore Hall, New College
Office Hours: Wednesday 1-3
Course work will include learning how to read from English manuscripts of the
period, familiarizing yourself with methods for literary research, becoming
accustomed to locating original materials, acquiring editorial skills,
and editing a sample early text. You will need to buy one textbook:
It is on order from the Bob Miller Book Room, Bloor Street north just
west of Avenue Road, and should be available shortly.
- D. C. Greetham. Textual Scholarship: An Introduction.
New York and London: Garland, 1994.
I will compile a collection of mss pages for study. Cost-recovery will
determine the charge for this (about $10).
This is a credit/non-credit course. To receive a credit, you should
- attend class and participate, e.g., by reading aloud from assigned manuscripts
when invited, discussing readings from Greetham, and asking questions or commenting
on seminar reports by other class members;
- deliver in class and submit in writing a 25-30-minute seminar report
analyzing the methods employed by an editorial project or edition relevant
to your dissertation (e.g., one of the Chaucer facsimiles, a volume in the Records
of Early English Drama series, etc.);
- co-prepare, with other class members, a scholarly electronic edition of
part of British Library Additional MS 15562, a 15th-century copy of the
English-Latin Catholicon; and
- pass a class test on transcribing from early manuscripts.
Some Useful Reference Works
- American Philosophical
Society On-line Guide to Manuscript Collections
- Autograph Poetry in the English Language: Facsimiles of
Original Manuscripts from the Fourteenth to the Twentieth
Century. Compiled by P. J,. Croft. 2 vols. London:
Cassell, 1973. PR 1174 A87 1973 Trinity College Library.
- Beowulf. Reproduced in Facsimile from the unique Manuscript,
British Museum ms Cotton Vitellius A. 15. Ed. Julius
Zupitza. 2nd edn. London: EETS, 1959. PR 1580 Z86 Robarts
Library. See electronic transcription in UTEL's
- Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales: A Facsimile and
Transcription of the Hengwrt Manuscript. Ed. Paul G. Ruggiers.
Norman: University of Oklahoma, 1979. PR 1866 R8 1979 Robarts
Library. See also the electronic transcription in Lancashire 1996.
- Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales: the New Ellesmere Chaucer
Monochromatic Facsimile (of Huntington Library MS EL 26 C 9). Ed.
Daniel Woodward and Martin Stevens. San Marino, Calif.: Huntington
Library, 1997. PR 1866 W66 1997X Robarts Library.
- Davis, Norman. Non-cycle Plays and the Winchester Dialogues:
Facsimiles. Leeds: School of English, 1979. PR 1260 D32 Robarts
Library. See also the electronic transcription in Lancashire 1996.
Modern English Dictionaries Database, a collection of early English dictionaries,
compiled by Ian Lancashire. Toronto: University of Toronto Library, 1996-.
- English Manuscript Studies, 1100-1700. Ed. Peter Beal
and Jeremy Griffiths. Oxford: Blackwell, 1989-. 6 vols. to 1997.
Z 115 E5E55 Robarts Library.
- Facsimile of British Museum MS. Harley 2253.
Introduced by N. R. Ker. London: EETS, 1965. PR 1119 .A2H3
Trinity College Library.
- Facsimile of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Digby 86.
Introduced by Judith Tschann and M. B. Parkes. Oxford:
EETS, 1996. PN 667 B63 1996X Robarts Library.
- Harner, James L. Literary Research Guide: A Guide to Reference Sources
for the Study of Literatures in English and Related Topics. New York: MLA, 1989.
- Herwijnen, Eric van. Practical SGML. 2nd edn. Boston: Kluwer, 1994.
- Index of English Literary Manuscripts. Vol. 1: 1450-1625.
Compiled by Peter Beal. London: Mansell, 1980. ref Z 6611 L715
- The International Medieval Institute
- Lancashire, Ian.
Encoding Guidelines. Renaissance Electronic
Texts. Supplementary Studies 1. Toronto: University of Toronto Library, 1994.
- Lancashire, Ian, in collaboration with John Bradley, Willard McCarty,
Michael Stairs, and T. R. Wooldridge. Using TACT with
Electronic Texts: A Guide to Text-Analysis Tools, Version 2.1 for
MS-DOS and PC DOS. New York: Modern Language
Association of America, 1996. And CD-ROM. QA 76.9.T48 L36 PASC
and Trinity College Library.
- The Macro Plays: The Castle of Perseverance, Wisdom, Mankind;
A Facsimile Edition with Facing Transcriptions. Ed. David
Bevington. New York: Johnson Reprint Corp., 1972 PR 1260 B4 Robarts
Library. See also electronic transcription in Lancashire 1996.
- Malory, Sir Thomas. The Winchester Malory: A Facsimile.
Introduced by N. R. Ker. London: EETS, 1976. PR 2040 1976 Robarts Library.
- Martin, Charles Trice, comp. The Record Interpreter: A Collection
of Abbreviations, Latin Words and Names Used in English Historical
Manuscripts and Records. 2nd edn. London: Stevens and Sons,
1910. Z 111 M23 1910 Robarts Library General Reference
- Middle English Compendium:
15, 940 entries from the Middle English Dictionary (M-U); 1,073 entries in
a hyperbibliography of Middle English prose and verse; and 42 texts
- Musciano, Chuck, and Bill Kennedy. HTML: The Definitive Guide.
Bonn: O'Reilly, 1996.
- The Owl and the Nightingale: Reproduced in Facsimile
from the surviving manuscripts, Jesus College Oxford 29
and British Museum Cotton Caligula A. ix.
Introduced by N. R. Ker. London: Early English Text
Society, 1963. PR 1119 .A2 O92 Trinity College
- The Parker Chronicle and Laws (Corpus Christi College, Cambridge,
MS. 173): A Facsimile. Ed. Robin Flower and Hugh Smith.
London: EETS, 1941. PR 1119 .A2P3 Trinity College Library.
- Parkes, M. B. English Cursive Book Hands 1250-1500.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 1979. Z 115 E5P37
- Pearl, Cleanness, Patience and Sir Gawain: Reproduced in
Facsimile from the unique MS. Cotton Nero A. x.
Introduced by Israel Gollancz. London: Early English Text
Society, 1955. PR 1119 .A2P4 Trinity College Library. See also
electronic transcriptions by Karen Arthur and Gary Shawver in
- Petti, Anthony G. English Literary Hands from Chaucer to Dryden
London: Edward Arnold, 1977. Z 115 E5P47 1977 Robarts Library.
- Piers the Plowman: A Facsimile of the Z-Text in
Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Bodley 851.
Introduced by Charlotte Brewer and George Rigg.
Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1994. PR 2010 B7 1994
- Preston, Jean F., and Laetitia Yeandle. English Handwriting
1400-1650: An Introductory Manual.. Binghamton, NY: Medieval and
Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1992. Z 115 E5 P74 1992 Large VUCR.
- Sperberg-McQueen, C. M., and Lou Burnard, eds. Guidelines for
Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange. Providence: Electronic Book
Technologies, 1994. CD-ROM.
- University of
Toronto English Library: links to sites and many electronic texts, including
Representative Poetry On-line
- Wright, C. E. English Vernacular Hands from the Twelfth to the Fifteenth
Centuries. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1960. Z 115 E5W7 Robarts Library.
These dates and topics are subject to change. Seminar reports
will also be added.
- Week 1: September 14
- Week 2: September 21
- MS: Beowulf and the Parker Chronicle
- Scheduling the reports
- Editing: the Catholicon.
- Week 3: September 28
- Greetham, "Introduction."
- MS: The Owl and the Nightingale
- Editing: SGML, HTML, and the character set.
- Week 4: October 5
- Greetham, Chapter 1.
- MS: Pearl
- Editing: basic HTML tags.
- Week 5: October 19
- MS: the Z-text of Piers Plowman
- Greetham, Chapter 2.
- Editing: editorial tags and the TEI encoding scheme.
- Week 6: October 26
- MS: the Ellesmere Canterbury Tales and the Hengwrt
Canterbury Tales (see Representative Poetry On-line)
- Greetham, Chapter 3.
- Editing: editorial tags and the RET encoding scheme.
- Week 7: November 2
- MS: John Gower's Confessio Amantis (Preston and Yeandle, pp. 10-11)
- Greetham, Chapter 4.
- Editing: design of Web editions and the role of images.
- Week 8: November 9
- MS: Thomas Hoccleve's "Chaunceons" (Croft, I, 3-4):
- Greetham, Chapter 5.
- Editing: text-analysis software and scholarly editing.
- Week 9: November 16
- MS: Mankind from the Macro plays
- Greetham, Chapter 6.
- Editing: proofreading and correcting printouts.
- Week 10: November 23
- MS: Paston letters (Petti, pp. 58-59)
- Greetham, Chapter 7.
- Editing: design of Web indexes.
- Week 11: November 30
- MS: Winchester Plays
- Greetham, Chapter 8.
- Editing: installing and testing the Web edition.
- Week 12: December 7
- MS: Malory
- Greetham, Chapter 9.
- Editing: refinements.
- Week 13: December 14
- Test on transcribing manuscripts