Flawed Texts and Verbal Icons: Literary Authority in American Fiction

Flawed Texts and Verbal Icons: Literary Authority in American Fiction

by Hershel Parker


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780810106673
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 11/01/1984
Pages: 249
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

Chapter 1: Lost Authority and Cheap Thrills
Chapter 2: The Determinacy of the Creative Process and the Authority of the Author's Belated Textual Decisions
Chapter 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 Criticism
Chapter 5: Pudd'nhead Wilson: Jack-leg Author, Unreadable Text, and Sense-Making Critics
Chapter 6: The Red Badge of Courage: The Private History of a Campaign that—Succeeded?
Chapter 7: Normal Mailer's Revision of the Esquire Version of An American Dream: The Authority of "Built-in" Intentionality
Conclusion: Textual Evidence and the Current Practice of Theory

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