An evaluation of the importance of textual criticism in evaluation of important literary works, based on his study of important American literary works by authors such as James, Crane, and Mailer.
|Publisher:||Northwestern University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Hershel Parker is H. Fletcher Brown Professor of American Romanticism at the University of Delaware and Associate General Editor of the Northwestern-Newberry Edition of The Writings of Herman Melville. He is editor of several collections on Melville, including collaborations with Harrison Hayford on the Norton Critical Edition of Moby-Dick and Norton "Moby-Dick" as Dubloon and with Brian Higgins on the G. K. Hall Critical Essays on Hermann Melville's "Pierre" and Critical Essays on Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick," and is also editor of the 1820-65 section in the Norton Anthology of American Literature. His Flawed Texts and Verbal Icons: Literary Authority in American Fiction was published in 1984 by Northwestern University Press.
Table of Contents
PrefaceAcknowledgmentsChapter 1: Lost Authority and Cheap ThrillsChapter 2: The Determinacy of the Creative Process and the Authority of the Author's Belated Textual DecisionsChapter 3: The Authority of the Editor and His Formula: Textual Theory and Practice since "Bibliography and the Novelistic Fallacy"Chapter 4: The Authority of the Revised Text and the Disappearance of the Author: What Critics of Henry James Did with Textual Evidence in the Heyday of the New CriticismChapter 5: Pudd'nhead Wilson: Jack-leg Author, Unreadable Text, and Sense-Making CriticsChapter 6: The Red Badge of Courage: The Private History of a Campaign thatSucceeded?Chapter 7: Normal Mailer's Revision of the Esquire Version of An American Dream: The Authority of "Built-in" IntentionalityConclusion: Textual Evidence and the Current Practice of TheoryIndex