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Marking the Text: The Presentation of Meaning on the Literary Page

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With perspectives from literature, book history, graphic design, and other disciplines, contributors argue that to mark a text is also to make it; that features such as punctuation, footnotes, epigraphs, white space, and marginalia, which have traditionally been ignored in literary criticism, can be examined for their contribution to a text's meaning. They offer detailed interpretations of the significance of particular marks in particular texts, and examine the consequences of this critical approach for editorial practice. The 18 essays are from a September 1998 conference in Cambridge, England. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754601685
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures viii
Preface xi
Notes on contributors xiii
Introduction xvii
Redefining marks
1 Mark, space, axis, function: towards a (new) theory of punctuation on historical principles 1
2 '[T]o correspond with you in green-covered volumes': George Eliot, G.H Lewes and the production of her books 12
3 Signs in the text: the role of epigraphs, footnotes and typography in clarifying the narrator--character relationship in Stendhal's Le Rouge et le noir 26
4 Annotating anonymity, or putting a gloss on The Shepheardes Calendar 35
5 The critic in the text: footnotes and marginalia in the Epilogue to Alasdair Gray's Lanark: A Life in Four Books 55
6 'Transplanted into more congenial soil': footnoting the Self in the poetry of Charlotte Smith 71
7 The meaning of margin: white space and disagreement in Whistler's The Gentle Art of Making Enemies 87
8 'Attending to the minute': Richardson's revisions of italics in Pamela 105
9 The re-mark-able rise of '...': reading ellipsis marks in literary texts 120
10 Where angels fear to read 144
Editing marks
11 Historical reading and editorial practice 193
12 Editing Keats's hands 201
13 Speaking commas / reading commas: punctuating Mansfield Park 217
14 Seeing the rhythm: an interpretation of sixteenth-century punctuation and metrical practice 235
15 Performing dramatic marks: stage directions and the revival of Caste 253
16 Editing Aubrey 271
17 Typographic translation: the Portuguese edition of Tristram Shandy (1997-98) 291
18 Ma(r)king the electronic text: how, why and for whom? 309
Endnote: what is text? 329
Index 335
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