A lively historical survey of how people discovered and developed new forms of expression bundled into the English language.
-- ACLA, 3/11/05
Writing in a lively, engaging, and sometimes humorous manner, Lerer (Stanford Univ.) fills this book with intricate reasoning about the profession of scholarship and thus provides a unique approach to the study of textual criticism over the ages... a dizzying but enjoyable romp over a road not taken before.
James A. Cox
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Lerer writes brilliantly on academic terror of error: on our present and inherited fears of making mistakes, and on associated anxieties of being caught out of place, or of making our wayas book-loving, would-be professionalsto somewhere new and strange. It is a passionate and absorbing book, self-reflective but not self-indulgent, to be read by all those who care about the long history and immediate future of literary scholarship.
No scholar of the humanities will want to miss Error and the Academic Self, Seth Lerer's exuberant and learned meditation on the practice of reading. From the Renaissance to postmodernism, Lerer shows persuasively, the most powerful readers in the Western tradition have struggled and defined themselves through their relationship to errorto scholarly slipups, misquotations, and bungled references. Lerer offers both a powerful history of errancy and a provocative consideration of the nature of the scholarly enterprise.
This scintillating book investigates the romance of philology itself. With passion and learning Lerer thematises the narratives of a philology forever exiled from its subjects, inevitably wandering in the threatening yet alluring byways of error.
Meet the Author
Seth Lerer is Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities and professor of English and comparative literature at Stanford University. He is the author of six previous books, including Chaucer and His Readers.
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