The ways in which the documentation of modern performance are created, communicated, preserved and analysed are not neutral. At each stage documents and artefacts are created for a specific purpose. Sources are situated in contexts which shape or impede these purposes - cultural, aesthetic, political, economic, logistic. There are theoretical perspectives which shape categories and interpretation.
Therefore, a crucial task for this research project is the critical analysis and evaluation of the primary sources that are used as the basis for formulating interpretative judgements and for drawing broader conclusions about trends and developments.
This series of essays is intended to contribute to debate about the selection of sources used in modern classical reception studies and the rigorous scholarly methods needed for their analysis.
[All essays are subject to independent academic review before publication and we thank our anonymous referees.]