Re-Constructing the Book

Re-Constructing the Book

by Lynette Hunter, James L. W. West III
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754603601

ISBN-13: 9780754603603

Pub. Date: 06/01/2001

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

This important and innovative collection deals with issues raised by the study of writing, publishing and reading in relation to literary criticism, and provides a much-needed overview of the current state of textual studies. The volume brings together in dialogue scholars of several fields - bibliography, textual editing, publishing history and literary criticism -

Overview

This important and innovative collection deals with issues raised by the study of writing, publishing and reading in relation to literary criticism, and provides a much-needed overview of the current state of textual studies. The volume brings together in dialogue scholars of several fields - bibliography, textual editing, publishing history and literary criticism - to exemplify, explore and encourage a practice of literary criticism which takes into account the context of the transmission of the literary text. Reconstructing the Book offers an informed study of some of the processes by which a literary text reaches its readers; it gives a straightforward presentation of the issues in publishing history that arise in particular periods of post-medieval English literature, and seeks to integrate publishing history with critical readings of texts in discerning and thought-provoking ways. Between them, the seventeen essays (in literary criticism, textual studies and publishing history) encompass the following periods: the Renaissance, Restoration, Eighteenth century, Romantics, Victorian, Modern, and Contemporary British and Postcolonial. Maureen Bell provides an introduction that further explores the connections among the essays in each period of study. The volume fills a substantial gap in current approaches to literature by addressing new trends in literary criticism. The collection will be of interest not only to researchers, students and teachers of the distinct periods of literature it covers, but also to those engaged in researching the theory of textual transmission and the sociology of texts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754603603
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
06/01/2001
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
Notes on Contributorsviii
1Introduction: The Material Text1
2Why has Q4 Romeo and Juliet Such an Intelligent Editor?9
3Marvell's Coy Mistresses22
4Congreve and the Integrity of the Text34
5The Economics of the Eighteenth-Century Provincial Book Trade: The Case of Ward and Chandler42
6Thomas Gray, David Hume and John Home's Douglas57
7Texts in Conversation: Coleridge's Sonnets from Various Authors (1796)71
8Reading the Brontes Abroad: A Study in the Transmission of Victorian Novels in Continental Europe84
9Sir Walter, Sex and the SoA100
10Making (Pre-) History: Mycenae, Pausanias, Frazer112
11Editing Private Papers: Three Examples from Dreiser124
12Coercive Suggestion: Rhetoric and Community in Revaluation137
13Re-reading Elizabeth Bowen148
14'Drastic Reductions': Partial Disclosures and Displaced Authorities in Muriel Spark's The Driver's Seat158
15'Not Undesirable': J.M. Coetzee and the Burdens of Censorship170
16Prospero in Cyberspace184
17Texts and Worlds in Amitav Ghosh's In An Antique Land197
18Congratulations210
Index224

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