The Myth of Print Culture: Essays on Evidence, Textuality, and Bibliographical Method Joseph A. Dane

ISBN: 9780802087751

Published: November 22nd 2003

Hardcover

272 pages


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The Myth of Print Culture: Essays on Evidence, Textuality, and Bibliographical Method  by  Joseph A. Dane

The Myth of Print Culture: Essays on Evidence, Textuality, and Bibliographical Method by Joseph A. Dane
November 22nd 2003 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 272 pages | ISBN: 9780802087751 | 6.45 Mb

The Myth of Print Culture is a critique of bibliographical and editorial method, focusing on the disparity between levels of material evidence (unique and singular) and levels of text (abstract and reproducible). It demonstrates how the particularsMoreThe Myth of Print Culture is a critique of bibliographical and editorial method, focusing on the disparity between levels of material evidence (unique and singular) and levels of text (abstract and reproducible).

It demonstrates how the particulars of evidence are manipulated in standard scholarly arguments by the higher levels of textuality they are intended to support.The individual studies in the book focus on a range of problems: basic definitions of what a book is- statistical assumptions- and editorial methods used to define and collate the presumably basic unit of variant.

This work differs from other recent studies in print culture in its emphasis on fifteenth-century books and its insistence that the problems encountered in that historical milieu (problems as basic as cataloguing errors) are the same as problems encountered in other areas of literary criticism.

The difficulties in the simplest of cataloguing decisions, argues Joseph Dane, tend to repeat themselves at all levels of bibliographical, editorial, and literary history.



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