The Margins of the Text

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David C. Greetham
University of Michigan Press, 1997 - Social Science - 383 pages
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These days, the margins have become a powerful position from which to mount a critique of contemporary society, culture, and text. From gay and lesbian studies to postcolonial or "subaltern" criticism, formerly marginalized perspectives have brought provocative new insights into many fields of inquiry. But until comparatively recently, the extremely powerful, even culture-defining, discourse of textual editing has been immune to such influences.
The Margins of the Textis the first attempt to collect a body of essays concerned with specific aspects of the marginal as they relate to text. The volume is divided into two sections. The first part assembles essays concerned with the margins of textual discourse and explores the function of discourses not previously recognized as significant to scholarly editing, such as those of class, race, gender, and sexual orientation. The second section attends to the textual margins in the bibliographical sense--the margins of the book, in which there has been so much recent interest. The two parts of the collection are clearly interrelated, since both study the effects of margins as a form of cultural discourse.
As a whole, the collection spans several periods (medieval, Renaissance, eighteenth-century to modern), several disciplines (drama, literature, art history, politics, and philosophy), and offers a wide-ranging consideration of a single topic as it is manifested in various genres, formats, and media. The contributors are among the most respected textual/critical theorists in their fields.
The Margins of the Textwill become a standard reference in the field, and will be read profitably by culture critics and social historians as well as textual critics and editors.
D. C. Greetham is Professor of English and Medieval Studies, City University of New York Graduate School.
 

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Contents

The Resistance to Philology
9
Whats Class Got to Do with It?
25
Editing Minority Texts
45
Whose Room of Orlandos Own? The Politics
57
Under the Covers with Caliban
105
Adaptation as Edition
129
Some Observations on
155
Some EighteenthCentury
173
Navigating the Margins
199
From the Marginal
229
Scopophilia and the Margins of
245
Communication Semiotic Continuity and the Margins
269
Three
323
Contributors
353
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