A Poetics of Editing

  • Susan L. Greenberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Definitions, Descriptions, and Comparisons

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  3. History, Time and Change

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      Pages 79-81
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  4. Theory Frames

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      Pages 141-142
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 255-265

About this book


This original and authoritative book offers a first-ever attempt to define a poetics of the editing arts. It proposes a new field of editing studies, in which the ‘ideal editor’ can be understood in relation to the long-theorised author and reader. The book’s premise is that editing, like other forms of ‘making’, is mostly invisible and can only be brought into full view through a comparative analysis that includes the insights of practitioners. The argument, laid down in careful layers, is supported by a panoramic historical narrative that tracks the shifts in textual authority from religious and secular institutions to the romanticised self of the digital present. The dangers posed by the anti-editing rhetoric of this hybrid romanticism are confronted head-on. To the traditional perception of editing as the imposition of closure, A Poetics of Editing adds a perspective on a dynamic process with a sense of the possible.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Susan L. Greenberg
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  1. 1.University of Roehampton RoehamptonUK

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