Textuality and Knowledge: Essays by Peter ShillingsburgTextuality and Knowledge: Essays by Peter Shillingsburg

Textuality and Knowledge: Essays

byPeter Shillingsburg

Hardcover | June 9, 2017

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In literary investigation all evidence is textual, dependent on preservation in material copies. Copies, however, are vulnerable to inadvertent and purposeful change. In this volume, Peter Shillingsburg explores the implications of this central concept of textual scholarship.

Through thirteen essays, Shillingsburg argues that literary study depends on documents, the preservation of works, and textual replication, and he traces how this proposition affects understanding. He explains the consequences of textual knowledge (and ignorance) in teaching, reading, and research—and in the generous impulses behind the digitization of cultural documents. He also examines the ways in which facile assumptions about a text can lead one astray, discusses how differing international and cultural understandings of the importance of documents and their preservation shape both knowledge about and replication of works, and assesses the dissemination of information in the context of ethics and social justice. In bringing these wide-ranging pieces together, Shillingsburg reveals how and why meaning changes with each successive rendering of a work, the value in viewing each subsequent copy of a text as an original entity, and the relationship between textuality and knowledge.

Featuring case studies throughout, this erudite collection distills decades of Shillingsburg’s thought on literary history and criticism and appraises the place of textual studies and scholarly editing today.

Peter Shillingsburg was the first Martin J. Svaglic Professor of English and Textual Studies at Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of five books, most recently From Gutenberg to Google: Electronic Representations of Literary Texts.Peter Shillingsburg was the first Martin J. Svaglic Professor of English and Textual Studies at L...
Title:Textuality and Knowledge: EssaysFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.3 × 6.2 × 0.9 inPublished:June 9, 2017Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271078502

ISBN - 13:9780271078502


Table of Contents


Introduction and Acknowledgements

1 The Evidence for Literary Knowledge

2 Textual Criticism, the Humanities, and J. M. Coetzee

3 The Semiotics of Bibliography

4 Some Functions of Textual Criticism

5 Long Distance Revision

6 Text as Communication

7 The Archive and the Critical Edition: Intentions Revisited

8 How Literary Works Exist

9 Convenient Scholarly Editions

10 Scholarly Editing as a Cultural Enterprise

11 Work and Text in Non-Literary Text-Based Disciplines

12 Publishers' Records and the History of Book Production

13 Cultural Heritage, Textuality, and Social Justice