Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Textuality and Knowledge: the book

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         In a time when the distinctions between fact and opinion have become blurred, I thought it would be good to review what we think we know about knowledge--about what we think passes as knowledge.   I think about the differences between knowledge, on one hand and opinion, speculation, guesswork, and wishful thinking, on the other.  I think about why the "fact" that uncertainty dogs every proposition is not an excuse for thinking that "uninformed" opinions are just as valid as "informed opinions."   I think about the need to validate arguments by showing sources of evidence and revealing the sources of the sources.   This book is about textual knowledge; knowledge of texts.  It is not philosophy; it is practice.
     Textuality and Knowledge
39.11  1990  >  1990s
96.4  authorial,  >  authorial
96.5  intention-clear  >  intention clear
NB: the sense of that sentence ending would have been clearer had I written:   “. . . aims of producing clear texts representing final authorial intentions.”   Rather than what I did write:  “. . . aims of producing final authorial intention clear texts.”   
100.9-10  McGann’s applications to the editing of McKenzie’s bibliographical observations.   > McGann’s applications to editing of McKenzie’s bibliographical observations.
NB: the sense might have been clearer had I written: “. . . McGann’s applications of McKenzie’s bibliographical observations to editing.”  

Textuality and Knowledge: Essays is now available from Penn State University Press!

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Textuality and Knowledge


Peter Shillingsburg
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.

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