Editing Old English: Ælfric's Lives of Saints (Kalamazoo 2012)

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Grant Simpson and Rachel Anderson
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Editing Old English: Ælfric's Lives of the Saints
Special Session at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 2012)

2012 marks the 100-year anniversary of the death of W. W. Skeat, the eminent lexicographer and editor of Anglo-Saxon texts. Skeat is known among Ælfric scholars as the editor of the four-volume Lives of Saints (1881-1890). This edition has numerous limitations, including an incomplete scholarly apparatus, a dated translation, and infrequent availability. A new edition is needed - but what would it look like? Who would it be for?

This session will feature papers that examine Skeat's editorial choices and look towards what is needed for a future edition.

Please send abstracts of around 300 words to Grant Simpson at glsimpso@indiana.edu by September 15. (Early submissons would be much appreciated.)