A Critique of Modern Textual Criticism, Foreword by David C Greetham

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University of Virginia Press, 22 лип. 2014 р. - 146 стор.

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A Schematic History
The Central Problems
The Ideology of Final Intentions
Editing Byron
The Problem of Literary Authority
Modernized Editions and the Theory of Textual Criticism
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Сторінка 102 - ... when composition begins, inspiration is already on the decline, and the most glorious poetry that has ever been communicated to the world is probably a feeble shadow of the original conceptions of the poet.
Сторінка 44 - Public ; who has invented a method of Printing both Letter-press and Engraving in a style more ornamental, uniform, and grand, than any before discovered, while it produces works at less than one-fourth of the expense.
Сторінка 16 - To have a text corrupt in many places, and in many doubtful, is, among the authors that have written since the use of types, almost peculiar to Shakespeare.
Сторінка 86 - Poetry I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond all this fiddle. Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one discovers in it, after all, a place for the genuine. Hands that can grasp, eyes that can dilate, hair that can rise if it must, these things are important not because a high-sounding interpretation can be put upon them but because they are useful.
Сторінка v - ... reported texts, whose accidental characteristics can be of no authority whatever. At the same time, analogy with Every Man in his Humour suggests that even had the quartos of Richard III and King Lear possessed higher authority than in fact they do, the choice of copy-text must yet have been the same. I began this discussion in the hope of clearing my own mind as well as others' on a rather obscure though not unimportant matter of editorial practice.
Сторінка 48 - ... nexus, not a personal possession; and if the authority for specific literary works is initiated anew for each new work by some specific artist, its initiation takes place in a necessary and integral historical environment of great complexity. Most immediately — and this is what concerns us here — it takes place within the conventions and enabling limits that are accepted by the prevailing institutions of literary production — conventions and limits which exist for the purpose of generating...
Сторінка 26 - ... of an editor, fallible as it must necessarily be, is likely to bring us closer to what the author wrote than the enforcement of an arbitrary rule. The true theory is, I contend, that the copy-text should govern (generally) in the matter of accidentals, but that the choice between substantive readings belongs to the general theory of textual criticism and lies altogether beyond the narrow principle of the copy-text. Thus it may happen that in a critical edition the text rightly chosen as copy...
Сторінка 16 - They were immediately copied for the actors, and multiplied by transcript after transcript, vitiated by the blunders of the penman, or changed by the affectation of the player; perhaps enlarged to introduce a jest, or mutilated to shorten the representation; and printed at last without the concurrence of the authour, without the consent of the proprietor, from compilations made by chance or by stealth out of the separate parts written for the theatre...
Сторінка 44 - The Labours of the Artist, the Poet, the Musician, have been proverbially attended by poverty and obscurity; this was never the fault of the Public, but was owing to a neglect of means to propagate such works as have wholly absorbed the Man of Genius.
Сторінка 45 - Vanities, or rather new pleasures, occupy my thoughts. New profits seem to arise before me so tempting that I have already involved myself in engagements that preclude all possibility of promising anything.

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