Drawing from classical Roman and Indian to modern European traditions, the volume makes clear that to study a text is to study a culture.
Voice, Text, Hypertext illustrates brilliantly why interest in textual studies has grown so dramatically in recent years. For the distinguished authors of these essays, a "text" is more than a document or material object. It is a cultural event, a matrix of decisions, an intricate cultural practice that may focus on religious traditions, modern "underground" literary movements, poetic invention, or the irreducible complexity of cultural politics.Drawing from classical Roman and Indian to modern European traditions, the volume makes clear that to study a text is to study a culture. It also demonstrates the essential importance of heightened textual awareness for contemporary cultural studies and critical theory-and, indeed, for any discipline that studies human culture.
PrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart I. Textual Space1. Emerging Questions: Text and Theory in Contemporary Criticism, Leroy F. Searle2. The Function of [Textual] Criticism at the Present Time, David Greetham3. The Text Between the Voice and the Book, Roger Chartier4. Editing and Auditing Marginalia, H. J. JacksonPart II. Oral Text5. Spoke, Written, Incarnate: Ontologies of Textuality in Classical Rabbinic Judaism, Martin S. Jaffee6. Textualization as Mediation: The Case of Traditional Oral Epic, John Miles Foley7. Bhakti Literature: An "Oral-Scribal" Archetype, Winand M. CallewaertPart III. Material Text8. Text, Script, and Media: New Observations on Scribal Activity in the Ancient Near East, Scott B. Noegel9. Magical Texts and Popular Literacy: Vulgarizations, Iterations, or Appropriations?, Phyllis Culham10. The Way of All Text: The Materialist Shakespeare, Paul Eggert11. Gerard Hopkins and the Shapes of His Sonnets, Randall McLeod12. The Flights of A821: Dearchiving the Proceedings of a Birdsong, Marta WernerPart IV. Subersive/Subverted Text13. Reinterpreting Text: When Revealed Sanskrit Texts Become Modern Law Books, Ludo Rocher14. Czech Underground Literature, 1969-1989: A Challenge to Textual Studies, Martin MachovecPart V. Electronic Text15. The Reality of Electronic Editions, Susan Hockey16. Imagining What You Don't Know: The Theoretical Goals of the Rossetti Archive, Jerome McGannPart VI. Textual Maintenance17. Old and New in Italian Textual Criticism, Conor Fahy18. Hagiolatry, Cultural Engineering, Moment Building, and Other Functions of Scholarly Editing, Peter ShillingsburgContributorsIndex