Introduction to Bibliographical and Textual Studies / Edition 3

Introduction to Bibliographical and Textual Studies / Edition 3

by William Proctor Williams
     
 

ISBN-10: 0873522680

ISBN-13: 9780873522687

Pub. Date: 06/28/1999

Publisher: Modern Language Association of America

To a reader of Joyce's Ulysses, it makes a difference whether one of Stephen Dedalus's first thoughts is "No mother" (as in the printed version) or "No, mother!" (as in the manuscript). The scholarship surrounding such textual differences-and why this discipline should concern readers and literary scholars alike-is the focus of William Proctor Williams and Craig S.

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To a reader of Joyce's Ulysses, it makes a difference whether one of Stephen Dedalus's first thoughts is "No mother" (as in the printed version) or "No, mother!" (as in the manuscript). The scholarship surrounding such textual differences-and why this discipline should concern readers and literary scholars alike-is the focus of William Proctor Williams and Craig S. Abbott's acclaimed handbook.

This updated, fourth edition outlines the study of texts' composition, revision, physical embodiments, process of transmission, and manner of reception; describes how new technologies such as digital imaging and electronic tagging have changed the way we produce, read, preserve, and research texts; discusses why these matters are central to a historical understanding of literature; and shows how the insights, methods, and products of bibliographical and textual studies can be applied to other branches of scholarship.

The volume begins with an introduction to the various kinds of bibliographical investigation. The chapters address

analytic bibliography: the printing history of books, determined by an examination of their physical features

descriptive bibliography: how a book is described; all the alterations made in it during the process of its production

a text and its embodiments: a comparison of two imaginary texts, one produced during the handpress period, the other during the machine-press period

textual criticism: how critics identify the texts of a work and their various states, determine the relations among the texts, discover the sources of textual variation, and establish a definitive scholarly text

editorial procedure: a discussion of how criticaleditions are prepared

A reference bibliography and a glossary of terms are provided.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873522687
Publisher:
Modern Language Association of America
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Edition description:
3RD
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2Analytical Bibliography14
3Descriptive Bibliography34
4A Text and Its Embodiments54
5Textual Criticism68
6Editorial Procedure87
Appendix on Textual Notation122
Reference Bibliography125
Glossary of Bibliographical and Textual Terms136
Works Cited164
Index170

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