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Text Genetics in Literary Modernism and Other Essays

Text Genetics in Literary Modernism and Other Essays Hans Walter Gabler
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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, Umanistica Digitale [https://umanisticadigitale.unibo.it/article/view/9421/9180]

Gabler risponde con lucidità e competenza ai recenti interrogativi della critica testuale, attraversando una serie di temi, autori, modelli e principi ecdotici anche molto diversi tra loro e permettendo così al suo pubblico – dal critico all’editore, dal filologo all’umanista digitale, fino al più giovane e curioso lettore – di ripercorrere facilmente l’itinerario dei suoi ultimi vent’anni di studi e ricerche in questo ambito. 

Carolina Rossi, Ecdotica, 15, 2018.

Gabler’s collection is a masterful lesson in textual genetics and scholarly editing by one of the field’s great masters. With examples from Joyce, Woolf, Shakespeare, and Bach, the essays present deep insights into textual scholarship and genetic criticism. The passion and sense of wonder that underlie them is contagious. Gabler’s argument for the future of scholarly editing and criticism takes us to a place where we can see the immense potential in what lies ahead. The collection will certainly, both in part and as a whole, become essential reading in the fields of Joyce studies, textual scholarship, and genetic criticism.
– Barry Devine, Heidelberg University, James Joyce Literary Supplement, Spring 2021

This collection of essays from world-renowned scholar Hans Walter Gabler contains writings from a decade and a half of retirement spent exploring 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 and music; and traces the cultural implications discernible in book design, and in the canonisation of works of literature and their authors.

Distinctive and ambitious, these essays move beyond the concerns of the community of critics and scholars. Gabler responds innovatively to the issues involved and often endeavours to re-think their urgencies by bringing together the orthodox tenets of different schools of textual criticism. 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 under the umbrella of Digital Humanities.

Text Genetics in Literary Modernism and Other Essays
Hans Walter Gabler | February 2018
410 | 46 colour illustrations | 6.14" x 9.21" (234 x 156 mm)
ISBN Paperback: 9781783743636
ISBN Hardback: 9781783743643
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783743650
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783743667
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783743674
ISBN Digital (XML): 9781783744879
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0120
Subject codes, BIC: DS (Literature: history and criticism), DSK (Literary studies: fiction, novelists and prose writers), U (Computing and information technology); BISAC: LIT024000 (LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern), LIT004130 (LITERARY CRITICISM / European), COM087000 (COMPUTERS / Digital Media); OCLC Number: 1042278328.

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Hans Walter Gabler
is Professor (retired) of English Literature and Editorial Scholarship at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany, and was in 2007 elected a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, London University. In 2010, the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, conferred on him a degree of Doctor of Literature, honoris causa. He undertook, as editor-in-chief, the Critical and Synoptic Edition of James Joyce's Ulysses (1984), and the critical editions of Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners (both 1993). In Munich from 1996 to 2002, he directed an interdisciplinary graduate programme on 'Textual Criticism as Foundation and Method of the Historical Disciplines.' From 2008 to 2010, he was Chair of the ESF-COST Action A32, 'Open Scholarly Communities on the Web,' and between 2014 and 2016 served as coordinator of a transatlantic research project 'Diachronic Markup and Presentation Practices for Text Edition in Digital Research Environments'. Through his research on writing processes he seeks to advance theory and practice of the digital scholarly edition in a Digital Humanities environment.