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Document Type:   Thesis
Title:   Malory's Maladies: Determining Intention and Influence through Editorial Theory in Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur
Author:   Lisa Ann Stuchell
College:   Liberal Arts
Degree Program:   English, M.A.
Degree:   Master of Arts
Committee Director:   Dr. John Young
Document Availability:   Document available for World-Wide access.
Date of Defense:   August 2005

By examining both William Caxton’s edition and the Winchester manuscript of Malory’s King Arthur tales, readers can begin to understand the editorial theory issues associated with these dissimilar texts. Questions concerning authorial intention, final intention, versions, and scholarly editing arise as scholars and readers try to negotiate which is the better version. However, each version offers advantages and disadvantages of Malory’s work, culminating in the need for both versions to exist and to be studied.  

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