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 vii

1 Introduction 1

Documents and Texts 5

Reference Bibliography 8

Historical Bibliography 8

Analytical Bibliography 10

Descriptive Bibliography 11

Textual Criticism 12

2 Analytical Bibliography 15

Evidence and Analysis 16

Taxonomy 28

Reading Books 34

3 Descriptive Bibliography 36

Identification 39

Title Pages and Imprints 40

Collation 43

Contents 47

Typography and Paper 48

Binding 48

Bibliographical History 49

Two Sample Descriptions 50

4 A Text and Its Embodiments 57

The Life of a Text from the Handpress Period 57

The Life of a Text from the Machine-Press Period 65

5 Textual Criticism 71

Documentary Editing 74

Critical Editing 78

6 Editorial Procedure 90

Four Examples 107

Appendix on Textual Notation 127

Reference Bibliography 130

Introduction and Definitions 130

Analytical Bibliography 132

Descriptive Bibliography 135

Textual Criticism 136

Glossary of Bibliographical and Textual Terms 142

Works Cited 171

Index 179

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