An Introduction to Manuscript Studies

This tutorial was first published in 1998 and then revised in 2006.

Seminar Aims

The aim of this seminar is to introduce editorial practices and manuscript studies. You will be taken through the various stages involved in the creation of an edition. The stages you will undergo are:

  • study of the primary sources (the manuscripts which retain the poem)
  • choice of a base manuscript
  • collation of manuscript variants
  • the production of your own edition.

Choose a Poem:

You can choose Ivor Gurney's Strafe, Wilfred Owen's Dulce et Decorum Est. or Isaac Rosenberg's Dead Man's Dump.

These increase in levels of difficulty so we suggest beginning with Gurney's Strafe