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The Cambridge Companion to Textual Scholarship

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Neil Fraistat, Julia Flanders, David Greetham, Kathryn Sutherland, Geert Lernout, Hans Walter Gabler, Paul Eggert, Michelle R. Warren, Random Cloud, Roger Chartier, Peter Stallybrass, John D. Niles, Michael Sargent, Kari Kraus, Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, Doug Reside, Jerome J. McGann
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  • Date Published: June 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521730297

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  • As more and more of our cultural heritage migrates into digital form and as increasing amounts of literature and art are created within digital environments, it becomes more important than ever before for us to understand how the medium affects the text. The expert contributors to this volume provide a clear, engrossing and accessible insight into how the texts we read and study are created, shaped and transmitted to us. They outline the theory behind studying texts in many different forms and offer case studies demonstrating key methodologies underlying the vital processes of editing and presenting texts. Through their multiple perspectives they demonstrate the centrality of textual scholarship to current literary studies of all kinds and express the sheer intellectual excitement of a crucial scholarly discipline entering a new phase of its existence.

    • An excellent introduction to the field for graduate students and scholars
    • Cover the history and theory of textual research and editing, taking into account print, manuscript, the visual, oral and digital
    • Each essay is written by an international expert and includes a guide to further reading
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "… a collection of essays from noted authorities … with an informative introduction … a comprehensive description of the various modes of textual scholarship."
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    'In all, a neat introduction to textual studies that offers to the reader a range of ways to think critically about ancient, early modern, and modern texts, from scribal to digital. The volume is useful for those who wish to find ways to articulate and theorize historical and modern conceptions of texts and textual studies.' N. C. Aldred, Notes and Queries

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521730297
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: textual scholarship in the age of media consciousness Neil Fraistat and Julia Flanders
    1. A history of textual scholarship David Greetham
    2. Anglo-American editorial theory Kathryn Sutherland
    3. Continental editorial theory Geert Lernout
    4. Late twentieth-century Shakespeares Hans Walter Gabler
    5. Apparatus, text, interface: how to read a printed critical edition Paul Eggert
    6. The politics of textual scholarship Michelle R. Warren
    7. Fearful asymmetry Random Cloud
    8. What is a book? Roger Chartier and Peter Stallybrass
    9. Orality John D. Niles
    10. Manuscript textuality Michael Sargent
    11. Picture criticism: textual studies and the image Kari Kraus
    12. Track changes: textual scholarship and the challenge of the born digital Matthew G. Kirschenbaum and Doug Reside
    Coda: why digital textual scholarship matters Jerome J. McGann
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  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Textual Conditions
    • Writing for New Media
  • Editors

    Neil Fraistat, University of Maryland, College Park
    Neil Fraistat is Professor of English and Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland.

    Julia Flanders, Brown University, Rhode Island
    Julia Flanders is Director of the Women Writers Project in the Center for Digital Scholarship at Brown University Library.


    Neil Fraistat, Julia Flanders, David Greetham, Kathryn Sutherland, Geert Lernout, Hans Walter Gabler, Paul Eggert, Michelle R. Warren, Random Cloud, Roger Chartier, Peter Stallybrass, John D. Niles, Michael Sargent, Kari Kraus, Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, Doug Reside, Jerome J. McGann

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