Mudcat Café message #4028126 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #157878   Message #4028126
Posted By: Steve Gardham
13-Jan-20 - 05:45 PM
Thread Name: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Subject: RE: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Part of the claim by Dave Harker which is certainly what academia believes is not so much that the editors mediated the material, but that they stated or implied heavily that the material they published was not mediated at all. Part of the problem was also that the correspondents sending material to the likes of Scott had already mediated it themselves. There is proof for some of this but the even bigger problem for us now is that we have no way of discerning exactly how much and to what extent the majority of the material, say in Child, was mediated by sophisticated editors. Child gives his opinions but in my opinion he was grossly understated. But again he had good reasons. Just like Scott and Percy he had to shift books. No-one wants to buy a book full of fakes.