Hoyt Duggan festschrift

I reviewed the festschrift for Hoyt Duggan in Yearbook of Langland Studies 27 (2013). The full citation for the book is Michael Calabrese and Stephen H. A. Shepherd, eds., Yee? Baw for Bokes: Essays on Medieval Manuscripts and Poetics in Honor of Hoyt N. Duggan (Los Angeles: Marymount Institute Press, 2013). Here is the opening of my review:

Hoyt Duggan’s career will be recalled as a triplet of great accomplishments, each greater than the one before: a critical edition, with Thorlac Turville-Petre, of the long Middle English alliterative poem Wars of Alexander; paradigm-shifting studies of the meter of Middle English alliterative verse; and organization of the vast, innovative, scrupulous, and ongoing editorial project that goes under the name Piers Plowman Electronic Archive (henceforth PPEA). Moreover, these three peaks concatenate in a single, self-generating chain of research activity: Duggan’s studies of metrics grew out of his work editing the Wars of Alexander; likewise, an initial motive for PPEA was to supply a firmer textual basis for study of Langland’s meter. Michael Calabrese and Stephen Shepherd are to be congratulated for bringing together a collection of studies that carry these linked research programs forward.

As co-editor, with Duggan, of both the 1989 edition of Wars of Alexander and a string PPEA volumes, Thorlac Turville-Petre has been one of Duggan’s closest collaborators. It is fitting, then, that Turville-Petre heads off this festschrift and that he does so with an essay on PPEA‘s implications for metrical research. . . .

The full review is available here.

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