Chapter 5. The Processes and Challenges of Textual Authentication

  1. Shawn J. Parry-Giles Professor Director1 and
  2. J. Michael Hogan PhD Professor scholarly advisor2
  1. Robert N. Gaines Professor

Published Online: 5 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324105.ch5

The Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address

The Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address

How to Cite

Gaines, R. N. (2010) The Processes and Challenges of Textual Authentication, in The Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address (eds S. J. Parry-Giles and J. M. Hogan), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324105.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of Maryland, USA

  2. 2

    Pennsylvania State University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Maryland, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405178136

Online ISBN: 9781444324105



  • processes and challenges of textual authentication;
  • Edwin Black, new interpretation of Abraham Lincoln's “Gettysburg Address”;
  • first-person plural references - the middle of the speech (6–14), having the audience at Gettysburg at their center;
  • text authentication, reliability of texts ensured - explicating method of text authentication relating to public address inquiry;
  • problem of text authentication, recognized in American public address inquiry by early nineteenth century;
  • text authentication, disappearing in public address inquiry;
  • theory and method in text authentication;
  • collation, crucial to text authentication - comparison of texts with respect to their elements;
  • authenticator, selecting text instance - serving as composition-text;
  • composition-text refinement - establishing text suitable for scholarly inquiry


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Historical Background

  • Theory and Method in Text Authentication

  • Conclusion