Petra Söderlund, ”De skandinaviska utgivningssällskapen. Finansiella och institutionella villkor för textkritisk utgivning i Skandinavien” (”The Scandinavian Societies for Critical Editions. Financial and Institutional Conditions for the Publishing of Critical Editions in Scandinavia”)
The essay deals with presently active Scandinavian societies involved with critical editions of mainly belles-lettres viewed from a comparative, sociological and financial perspective: Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland (Society for Swedish Literature in Finland, founded in 1885), Svenska Vitterhetssamfundet (The Swedish Society for Belles Lettres, founded in 1907), Det Danske Sprog- og Litteraturselskab (titel???, founded in 1911) and Det norske språk- og litteraturselskap (titel???, founded in 1953). Societies based on a singular time limited project are not considered. The four societies are united by the lack of institutionalized ties to the universities in each country, even though informal bonds are strong, but also by the fact that the government only to some extent finances the work. The research is mainly sponsored by means from private foundations. Only the Society for Swedish Literature in Finland can manage without external financial support. Textual criticism is therefore primarily practiced outside a permanent service (mostly at universities) or after retirement, to a remuneration not equivalent to the effort. The effect is that textual scholarship easily becomes an uncertain career or a sidetrack to an academic career. Although textual scholarship as an academic discipline is feeble in the Nordic countries, there are other ways to guarantee that important knowledge is passed-on and to further discuss and develop theories and methods. The Scandinavian (including Swedish speaking Finland) societies for critical editions are associated in Nordiskt Nätverk för Editionsfilologer (NNE; Nordic Network for Textual Critics), that was founded in 1995. NNE gathers approximately 190 members and an aim of the network is to strengthen textual criticism as an academic discipline. The network has arranged conferences and courses for graduate students, lasting one week in the summers of 2002–2004, and has published books on subjects within the field of textual criticism.
Berlin/Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 2013, 1. 125-142 p.