Textual Studies and the Common Reader: Essays on Editing Novels and Novelists

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  • Copyright: 2000-10-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Georgia Pr

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Textual Studies and the Common Readercollects eleven original essays by editors of literary texts and theorists concerned about the implications of what such editors do. The volume's organizing theme is textual studies, the domain of which, in one contributor's words, is the "genesis, transmission, and editing of texts."The contributors seek to extend the discussion about textual studies beyond any narrow professional scope; thus, none of the essays assumes any training in textual studies. Also, the focus of the book is on the literary genre most familiar to most readers: the novel. Authors discussed include Willa Cather, Joseph Conrad, Theodore Dreiser, William Faulkner, D. H. Lawrence, William Makepeace Thackeray, and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.Many people read literary works, but few do so with a steady sense of their constructedness as texts--of the ways in which "genesis, transmission, and editing" have shaped them as conveyors of meaning. This book shows that the experience of reading is more rewarding for such awareness.

Author Biography

Alexander Pettit is an associate professor of English at the University of North Texas. He is also the general editor of three series: The Works of Tobias Smollett (Georgia), British Ideas and Issues, 1660-1820, and Selected Works of Eliza Haywood.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction: Textual Studies and the Common Reader 1(29)
Alexander Pettit
The Issue of Authority in a Scholarly Edition: Editing Cather
Susan J. Rosowski
Charles W. Mignon
Frederick M. Link
Kari A. Ronning
The Stuff That Don't Matter
Noel Polk
William Faulkner, the Crisis of Masculinity, and Textual Instability
Philip Cohen
The Scholarly Editor as Biographer
James L. W. West III
Texts in Search of an Editor: Reflections on The Frankenstein Notebooks and on Editorial Authority
Charles E. Robinson
Editing Thackeray: A History
Peter Shillingsburg
Conrad in Print and on Disk
S. W. Reid
A Future for Editing: Lawrence in Hypertext
Charles L. Ross
In Dreams Begins Responsibility: Novels, Promises, and the Electronic Editor
Michael F. Suarez
Response: Whose Work Is It Anyway? Or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying about the Author and Love the Text
Albert J. Rivero
Notes on Contributors 199(2)
Index 201

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