Vol. 11 (2022): Works and Traditions: Early Modern Encounters
Part Two - Case Studies

The Archeology of Texts

Stephen Orgel
Stanford University

Published 2022-03-09


  • Book History,
  • Editing,
  • Illustration,
  • Typography

How to Cite

Orgel, S. (2022). The Archeology of Texts. Journal of Early Modern Studies, 11, 5–14. https://doi.org/10.13128/jems-2279-7149-13426


The interpretation of literary texts is at least partly a form of archeology. The history of the book has become a separate discipline because for the most part literary history has ignored it. But it cannot be ignored: books change from era to era, and any new edition of a text necessarily involves a process of translation.