Error and the Academic Self: The Scholarly Imagination, Medieval to Modern / Edition 1

Error and the Academic Self: The Scholarly Imagination, Medieval to Modern / Edition 1

by Seth Lerer
ISBN-10:
0231123736
ISBN-13:
9780231123730
Pub. Date:
03/10/2003
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
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Error and the Academic Self: The Scholarly Imagination, Medieval to Modern / Edition 1

How and why did the academic style of writing, with its emphasis on criticism and correctness, develop? Seth Lerer suggests that the answer lies in medieval and Renaissance philology and, more specifically, in mistakes. For Lerer, erring is not simply being wrong, but being errant, and this book illuminates the wanderings of exiles, émigrés, dissenters, and the socially estranged as they helped form the modern university disciplines of philology and rhetoric, literary criticism, and literary theory. Examining a diverse group that includes Thomas More, Stephen Greenblatt, George Hickes, Seamus Heaney, George Eliot, and Paul de Man, Error and the Academic Self argues that this critical abstraction from society and retreat into ivory towers allowed estranged individuals to gain both a sense of private worth and the public legitimacy of a professional identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231123730
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 03/10/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Pursuit of Error: Philology, Rhetoric, and the History of Scholarship
1. Errata: Mistakes and Masters in the Early Modern Book
2. Sublime Philology: An Elegy for Anglo-Saxon Studies
3. My Casaubon: The Novel of Scholarship and Victorian Philology
4. Ardent Etymologies: American Rhetorical Philology, from Adams to de Man
5. Making Mimesis: Exile, Errancy, and Erich Auerbach
Epilogue: Forbidden Planet and the Terrors of Philology

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