An Introduction to Bibliographical and Textual Studies

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Modern Language Association of America, Jan 1, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 188 pages
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To a reader of Joyce's Ulysses, it makes a difference whether one of Stephen Dedalus's first thoughts is "No mother" (as in the printed version) or "No, mother!" (as in the manuscript). The scholarship surrounding such textual differences--and why this discipline should concern readers and literary scholars alike--is the focus of William Proctor Williams and Craig S. Abbott's acclaimed handbook.

This updated, fourth edition outlines the study of texts' composition, revision, physical embodiments, process of transmission, and manner of reception; describes how new technologies such as digital imaging and electronic tagging have changed the way we produce, read, preserve, and research texts; discusses why these matters are central to a historical understanding of literature; and shows how the insights, methods, and products of bibliographical and textual studies can be applied to other branches of scholarship.

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This was one of my graduate school textbooks, and it provided a clear and concise introduction to the fields of bibliographical and textual studies. Read full review

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This book had some interesting information about how books are printed and the whole process they go through from author's notes to multiple editions, and how these multiple editions can have ... Read full review

Contents

Documents and Texts
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Descriptive Bibliography
11
scriptive Bibliography
36
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

is professor of English at Northern Illinois University. He teaches courses in bibiography and methods of research, shakespeare, and other subjects concerning the English Renaissance.

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