The Reinvention of Scholia: Etexts and the Teaching of Early Modern Literature



Within the field of early modern literature, etexts are becoming increasingly important in the fields of both research and teaching. This article surveys the etexts available to students, taking Hamlet as a paradigmatic example, and concludes that, while some of those available are of very poor quality, there are other etexts of the play available which are very useful tools for teaching and research. Sources for etexts of more obscure early modern texts are also reviewed. However, it transpires that there is relatively little good quality commentary available for these etexts, and this article suggests that the time is right for a revival of the art of commentary, both as a scholarly activity in its own right and as a teaching and learning activity.