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Interdisciplinary annual of textual studies 9V.

Ann Arbor: University of Michingan Press, 1996.X,492 pp.; $59.50 U.S. (cloth). ISBN 0-472-10774-7.

This volume of TEXT, the journal of the Society for Textual Scholarship, is the ninth to appear since 1984. Not simply the proceedings of the society's biennial conference, as its editors note in a preface, it stands as an independent annual publication for the study of texts. This issue therefore has changed the subtitle from `Transactions of the Society for Textual Scholarship' to `An Interdisciplinary Annual of Textual Studies' to reflect its status more accurately. The third volume to be published by University of Michigan Press, this one also introduces changes in design and editorship; specifically, David Greetham has stepped down as editor. About 150 pages are devoted to seventeen `Review Essays and Reviews.' Its section on `Essays and Studies' contains sixteen articles that open with Bruce Metzger's presidential address on `Some Curious Bibles' and range from Jerome McGann on the rationale of hypertext and Deirdre Phillips on the text in the development of literary sociology to studies of texts in literature, art and music from the Anglo-Norman to modern-day periods. In addition, a set of four essays on `Teaching Textual Criticism' emphasizes the need to instill in the literary classroom a `user-friendly form of textual scholarship' (p. 137), as Philip Cohen states in his introductory essay. Then George Bornstein offers concrete ways in which exercises and readings may be `smuggled into' (p. 148) the undergraduate literary curriculum. David Holdeman and Hans Walter Gabler comment on Bornstein's approach while describing their own new courses designed to integrate textual with literary criticism.
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Date:Sep 22, 1998
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