Text Genetics in Literary Modernism and other Essays - cover image


Hans Walter Gabler

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  • English

Print Length

410 pages (vi + 404)


Paperback156 x 21 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.84" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 24 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.94" x 9.21")


Paperback1270g (44.80oz)
Hardback1660g (58.55oz)



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  • DS
  • DSK
  • U


  • LIT024000
  • LIT004130
  • COM087000


  • P47


  • textual criticism
  • genetic criticism
  • literary criticism
  • composition
  • canonisation
  • book design
  • digital scholarly editing
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Text Genetics in Literary Modernism and other Essays

  • Hans Walter Gabler (author)
This collection of essays from world-renowned scholar Hans Walter Gabler contains writings from a decade and a half of retirement spent in exploration of textual criticism, genetic criticism, and literary criticism. In these sixteen stimulating contributions, he develops theories of textual criticism and editing that are inflected by our advance into the digital era; structurally analyses arts of composition in literature as well as music; and traces the cultural implications discernible in book design, and in the societal processes of the canonisation of works of literature and their authors.

Distinctive and ambitious, these essays move beyond the development of concerns voiced in the community of critics and scholars. Gabler responds innovatively to the issues involved and often endeavours to re-think their urgencies through allowing orthodox tenets of national schools of textual criticism to converge and merge. He moves between a variety of topics, ranging from fresh genetic approaches to the work of James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, to significant contributions to the theorisation of scholarly editing in the digital age.

Written in Gabler’s fluent style, these rich and elegant compositions are essential reading for literary and textual critics, scholarly editors, readers of James Joyce, New Modernism specialists, and all those interested in textual scholarship and digital editing within the encompassing framework of Digital Humanities.


The book shows, through sixteen stimulating contributions, the research itinerary of a scholar, critic and editor who has had a profound impact on the recent history of textual studies. Written in Gabler’s clear and fluent style, the book is addressed to the community of critics, editors, students and scholars of Editing and Literature (with a focus on two key authors of the Modernism: James Joyce and Virginia Woolf), in order to respond to a series of notional and practical issues on genetic criticism, on its application to the digital environment, on the compositional and structural analysis of a text and on its methodological implications. The arguments range from the critique génétique to the Digital Humanities, from the book design to the cultural canonization of the literary works. This volume ultimately affirms itself as an important contribution in this field of studies and it responds in an innovative and ambitious way to the necessity to strengthen the dialogue between the study of texts and the digital world.

Carolina Rossi

"H. W. Gabler, Text Genetics in Literary Modernism and Other Essays, OpenBook Publishers (2018)". Umanistica Digitale (2532-8816), vol. 3, no. 5, 2019. doi:10.6092/issn.2532-8816/9421

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Table of Contents


1. The Rocky Road to Ulysses

2. ‘He chronicled with patience’: Early Joycean Progressions Between Non-Fiction and Fiction

3. James Joyce Interpreneur

4. Structures of Memory and Orientation: Steering a Course Through Wandering Rocks

5. Editing Text—Editing Work

6. Theorizing the Digital Scholarly Edition

7. Thoughts on Scholarly Editing

8. Beyond Author-Centricity in Scholarly Editing

9. Sourcing and Editing Shakespeare: The Bibliographical Fallacy

10. The Draft Manuscript as Material Foundation for Genetic Editing and Genetic Criticism

11. A Tale of Two Texts: Or, How One Might Edit Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse

12. Auto-Palimpsests: Virginia Woolf’s Late Drafting of Her Early Life

13. From Memory to Fiction: An Essay in Genetic Criticism

14. Johann Sebastian Bach’s Two-Choir Passion

15. Argument into Design: Editions as a Sub-Species of the Printed Book

16. Cultural versus Editorial Canonising: The Cases of Shakespeare, of Joyce



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Hans Walter Gabler

Professor of English Literature and Editorial Scholarship at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München