Penguin Classics: Repackaging Medieval French Texts for the British Paperback Market, c. 1960-2000
24/10/2017, 17:30 - 19:00
The Centre for Intertextual and Editorial Research (CEIR) presents
Leah Tether (University of Bristol)
‘Penguin Classics: Repackaging Medieval French Texts for the British Paperback Market, c. 1960-2000’.
Using documentary evidence from the Penguin Archive in Bristol’s Special Collections, this paper will give an overview of the publishing histories behind a selection of titles on the Penguin Classics series, specifically those translated from Old French texts between c. 1960 and 2000. Penguin widely claimed to have created its Penguin Classics library for ‘that mythical person, the general reader’, but this paper will reveal some of the lesser known, and sometimes surprising, academic motivations that were key drivers in the publication of these important translations and editions.
Dr Leah Tether is a Reader in Medieval Literature and Digital Cultures at the University of Bristol, where she is also the Co-Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Graduate Dean of Arts. She edited the recently published Handbook of Arthurian Romance on DeGruyter, and her latest monograph, ‘Publishing the Grail in Medieval and Renaissance France’, will be published by Boydell and Brewer next month.
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