The Metaphysics of Text

The Metaphysics of Text

by Sukanta Chaudhuri
     
 

The advances of book history and editorial theory remind us that it is vital to look behind the text we read. Sukanta Chaudhuri explores, at a very fundamental level, how texts are constituted and how they work. He applies insights from many lines of study not brought together so closely before: theories of language, signification and reception alongside

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The advances of book history and editorial theory remind us that it is vital to look behind the text we read. Sukanta Chaudhuri explores, at a very fundamental level, how texts are constituted and how they work. He applies insights from many lines of study not brought together so closely before: theories of language, signification and reception alongside bibliography, textual criticism, editorial theory and book history. Blending case studies with general observation and theory, he considers the implications of the physical form of the text; the relation between oral and written language, and between language and other media; the new territory opened up by electronic texts; and special categories like play-books and translations. Drawing on an exceptionally wide range of material, both Western literature and Indian works from Sanskrit aesthetics to the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore, Chaudhuri sets a new agenda for the study of texts.

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'Its comprehensiveness is its hallmark ... [Chaudhuri's] range is remarkable.' The Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107412569
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/03/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.47(d)

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'Its comprehensiveness is its hallmark … [Chaudhuri's] range is remarkable.' Times Literary Supplement

Meet the Author

Sukanta Chaudhuri is Professor of English and Director of the School of Cultural Texts and Records at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.

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