Examining figures from Thomas More to Stephen Greenblatt, from George Hickes to Seamus Heaney, from George Eliot to Paul de Man, Error and the Academic Self argues that this critical abstraction from
society and retreat into ivory towers allowed estranged groups or individuals to gain both a sense of private worth and the public legitimacy of a professional identity.
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About the Author
Table of ContentsIntroduction: 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;
What People are Saying About This
Lerer writes brilliantly on academic terror of error: on our present and inherited fears of making mistakes, and on associated anxieties of being caught out of place, or of making our wayas book-loving, would-be professionalsto somewhere new and strange. It is a passionate and absorbing book, self-reflective but not self-indulgent, to be read by all those who care about the long history and immediate future of literary scholarship.
No scholar of the humanities will want to miss Error and the Academic Self, Seth Lerer's exuberant and learned meditation on the practice of reading. From the Renaissance to postmodernism, Lerer shows persuasively, the most powerful readers in the Western tradition have struggled and defined themselves through their relationship to errorto scholarly slipups, misquotations, and bungled references. Lerer offers both a powerful history of errancy and a provocative consideration of the nature of the scholarly enterprise.
This scintillating book investigates the romance of philology itself. With passion and learning Lerer thematises the narratives of a philology forever exiled from its subjects, inevitably wandering in the threatening yet alluring byways of error.