d'Avray, D; (2012) Contamination, Stemmatics and the Editing of Medieval Latin Texts. In: Bucossi, A and Kihlman, E, (eds.) Ars Edendi Lecture Series. (63 - 82). Stockholm University: Stockholm.
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'Contamination' is the Achilles heel of stemmatic theory in textual criticism. It appears to be more the norm than the exception in popular late medieval Latin works. Martin West appeared to have found a solution to the Contamination problem, but there is a fallacy in it: 'contamination' tends to transmit good readings from one manuscript family to another, rather than errors. This Ars Edendi lecture shows how and why his method can be made to work despite this weakness.
|Title:||Contamination, Stemmatics and the Editing of Medieval Latin Texts|
|Keywords:||Textual Criticism, Contamination, medieval scribes, editorial technique, Martin West, horizontal transmission, medieval sermons|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > History|
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