Dane (English, U. of Southern California) presents nine essays on a variety of problems that involve confrontations between evidence and some form of abstraction, each invoking a particular and often self-validating definition of what evidence is. They include the notions of text and variant in the Prologue to Chaucer's Legend of Good Women, myths of the Wakefield Master, two studies in bibliographical identification and identity, and Leander van Ess and the panzerization of early books and history. Much of the material has appeared previously in various media. Annotation c2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Joseph A. Dane is a professor of English at University of Southern California and author of The Myth of Print Culture: Essays on Evidence, Textuality, and Bibliographical Method (2003).