Coleridge and Textual Instability: The Multiple Versions of the Major Poems

Hardcover | December 1, 1994

byJack Stillinger

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Jack Stillinger establishes and documents the existence of numerous different authoritative versions of Coleridge's best-known poems: sixteen or more of The Eolian Harp, for example, eighteen of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and comparable numbers for This Lime-Tree Bower, Frost atMidnight, Kubla Khan, Christabel, and Dejection: An Ode. Such multiplicity of versions raises interesting theoretical and practical questions about the constitution of the Coleridge canon, the ontological identity of any specific work in the canon, the editorial treatment of Coleridge's works, andthe ways in which multiple versions complicate interpretation of the poems as a unified (or, as the case may be, disunified) body of work. Providing much new information about the texts and production of Coleridge's major poems, Stillinger's study offers intriguing new theories about the nature ofauthorship and the constitution of literary works.

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Jack Stillinger establishes and documents the existence of numerous different authoritative versions of Coleridge's best-known poems: sixteen or more of The Eolian Harp, for example, eighteen of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and comparable numbers for This Lime-Tree Bower, Frost atMidnight, Kubla Khan, Christabel, and Dejection: An ...

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Textual pluralism holds that there can exist more than one authoritative version of a literary work, and that only by viewing the collective versions can the constitution of a work be seen. In Coleridge and Textual Instability, Jack Stillinger establishes and documents the existence of numerous different authoritative versions of Coler...

Jack Stillinger is at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.49 × 6.38 × 0.87 inPublished:December 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195085833

ISBN - 13:9780195085839

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