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Mar 23 2012 | Posted In: Blog post
To quote an old favourite, 'a text is not a line of words releasing a single "theological" meaning (the "message of the Author-God") but a multi-dimensional space in which a variety of writings, none of them original, blend and clash' (Roland Barthes, 'The Death of the Author', Image, Music Text, p...
Mar 14 2012 | Posted In: Blog post
Textual Fulfilment. Using most of Peter Barry's textual categories--cotext, context, multitext, epitext, peritext, and so on (see Barry, 'Rethinking Textuality in Literary Studies Today', Literature Compass 7. 11 [November 2010], pp. 999-1008 [DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-4113.2010.00758.x])--it is possible...
Feb 14 2012 | Posted In: Blog post
Thirty years ago, the writer Michel Butor, in ‘The Origin of the Text’ (World Literature Today 56.2 [1982], 207-15), pondered how a text comes into the world: ‘the origin of the text is what you can find in the text itself’, he says; and ‘the text comes from itself’; and ‘the text is never...
Feb 9 2012 | Posted In: Blog post
The OED, s.v. 'origin', describes this as the act or fact of beginning, or of springing from something; beginning of existence with reference to source or cause; rise or first manifestation. Under this same entry, 1b., the citations include the following from 1867: J. McCosh Method Divine Govt. (ed...
Jan 30 2012 | Posted In: Blog post
In an interview widely reported today, the American novelist, Jonathan Franzen, reveals his preference for the pbook (the physical book) as opposed to the ebook. He comments: "Maybe nobody will care about printed books 50 years from now, but I do. When I read a book, I’m handling a specific object...

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