5.0320 Rs: More on Migne (2/55)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Mon, 16 Sep 1991 19:46:03 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 5, No. 0320. Monday, 16 Sep 1991.
Responses: More on Migne

(1) Date: Fri, 13 Sep 1991 14:07 CST (19 lines)
Subject: Re: 5.0315 E-Patristics

(2) Date: Fri, 13 Sep 91 12:14:54 MST (36 lines)
From: Dan Lester <ALILESTE@idbsu.idbsu.edu>
Subject: Re: 5.0315 E-Patristics

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Date: Fri, 13 Sep 1991 14:07 CST
Subject: Re: 5.0315 E-Patristics

The question of the value of Migne is even more complicated than the discussion
of E-patristics has let on so far. Scholars use the texts in Migne for
different purposes and for different reasons. If you are studying Augustine's
thought, you obviously want the edition which best represents "what Augustine
actually wrote." If you are studying how a Bernard uses Augustine, you want
the edition which represents "what Bernard actually read." These are two
different "best" editions. Neither is likely to be Migne. My point is only
that ranking the relative authority of editions is a tricky business, that an
editor's trash is sometimes a scholar's treasure. Those who have to make
decisions about allocating thin resources for expensive electronic editions
face a genuinely difficult dilemma.

Eric Eliason

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Date: Fri, 13 Sep 91 12:14:54 MST
From: Dan Lester <ALILESTE@idbsu.idbsu.edu>
Subject: Re: 5.0315 E-Patristics (2/156)

On Thu, 12 Sep 1991 13:59:45 EDT you said:
>Date: Wed, 11 Sep 91 17:09:28 METDST
>From: Harry Gaylord <galiard@let.rug.nl>
>Subject: On Migne
> The thing that worries me as a scholar is that my university librarian
>may get the Chadwyck-Healey advert and think, Ah, I need that because it
>is the standard work in the Medieval reading-room. The librarian hasn't
>noticed that all the scholars who know what they are doing order up other
>editions from the stacks when they are doing their study. The librarian
>will pay the high price for this obselete instrumentarium and will not
>have the funds when scholars come requesting the better product when
>it comes available.

As a librarian, I hope that you will GO TODAY to your liaison librarian,
or the acquisitions librarian if you don't have a departmental liaison,
and let him/her know your feelings. Hopefully the library would not
make such a major commitment of funds without consulting the appropriate
faculty, anyway, but we all know the dangers of assuming!
So, all who have strong feelings on these or related library matters
(of which I personally know next-to nothing), talk to your librarians
so that they will make the best expenditures of their limited dollars...
the expenditures which will most benefit you and your students.


* Dan Lester Bitnet: alileste@idbsu
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