Textual criticism, often ignored or confined to graduate study, is academic writing based on close reading and therefore is ideal for undergraduate study because it teaches readers to be more careful and skeptical. Critical editing assignments require students to negotiate historical evidence and aesthetic judgment for themselves, addressing questions of literary value.
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Erick Kelemen; Critical Editing and Close Reading in the Undergraduate Classroom. Pedagogy 1 January 2012; 12 (1): 121–138. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15314200-1416549
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