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Overview

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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Abbott and Williams both English, Northern Illinois U. outline the study of texts' composition, revision, physical embodiments, process of transmission, and manner of reception. They also discuss why such matters are important to both readers and literary scholars, for gaining a historical understanding of literature and how the methods can be applied to other branches of scholarship. They append the accepted style for textual notation. Their extensive glossary does not indicate pronunciation. No dates are given for earlier editions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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  • ISBN-13: 9780873522687
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 Analytical Bibliography 14
3 Descriptive Bibliography 34
4 A Text and Its Embodiments 54
5 Textual Criticism 68
6 Editorial Procedure 87
Appendix on Textual Notation 122
Reference Bibliography 125
Glossary of Bibliographical and Textual Terms 136
Works Cited 164
Index 170
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