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Textual Studies and the Enlarged Eighteenth Century: Precision as Profusion (Hardback)

Edité par Bucknell University Press, United States, 2012
ISBN 10: 1611484421 / ISBN 13: 9781611484427
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Titre : Textual Studies and the Enlarged Eighteenth ...

Éditeur : Bucknell University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2012

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. Scholars, librarians, students, and database vendors have all applauded the increase in access to rare, old, venerated, and obscure texts that has resulted from the rise of electronic resources. Almost everyone associated with any branch of cultural history has heard the claims about unlimited research opportunity and the rediscovery of overlooked sources. But are these claims true? Have high-tech systems and methods enhanced or inhibited scholarship? Nowhere is this question more pressing than in the area of eighteenth-century studies, where so much of the subject matter relates to the first wave of informational abundance: to that great period of profuse printing during which presses produced a mass market full of diverse readers. Textual Studies and the Enlarged Eighteenth Century probes the assumptions about the advanced tools that may be replicating this period of profusion among contemporary scholars. How much access to period information do current cost and present institutional support really allow? Who is accessing what-and who is not? Which authors and which topics get lost in the processor-driven shuffle? How do electronic tools bias scholarship? What are the disadvantages of databases? These and many more questions receive a brisk and robust review in this first critique of new-wave research. A variety of acclaimed scholars from an interdisciplinary array of specialties look at topics ranging from legacy bibliographical projects to standards for online editions to para-textual materials to the appropriateness of importing electronic research techniques into the study of a low-tech period and on to the transatlantic exchange of information in both the early modern and the present periods. Scholars in all fields will benefit from this vigorous analysis of the assumptions underlying the tools and the methods of twenty-first century humanities scholarship. N° de réf. du libraire ANB9781611484427

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Synopsis : Scholars, librarians, students, and database vendors have all applauded the increase in access to rare, old, venerated, and obscure texts that has resulted from the rise of electronic resources. Almost everyone associated with any branch of cultural history has heard the claims about unlimited research opportunity and the rediscovery of overlooked sources. But are these claims true? Have high-tech systems and methods enhanced or inhibited scholarship? Nowhere is this question more pressing than in the area of eighteenth-century studies, where so much of the subject matter relates to the first wave of informational abundance: to that great period of profuse printing during which presses produced a mass market full of diverse readers. Textual Studies and the Enlarged Eighteenth Century probes the assumptions about the advanced tools that may be replicating this period of profusion among contemporary scholars. How much access to "period" information do current cost and present institutional support really allow? Who is accessing what-and who is not? Which authors and which topics get lost in the processor-driven shuffle? How do electronic tools bias scholarship? What are the disadvantages of databases? These and many more questions receive a brisk and robust review in this first critique of new-wave research. A variety of acclaimed scholars from an interdisciplinary array of specialties look at topics ranging from legacy bibliographical projects to standards for online editions to para-textual materials to the appropriateness of importing electronic research techniques into the study of a low-tech period and on to the transatlantic exchange of information in both the early modern and the present periods. Scholars in all fields will benefit from this vigorous analysis of the assumptions underlying the tools and the methods of twenty-first century humanities scholarship.

Critique: Exploring a burgeoning and increasingly popular field, these essays are invaluable. The Year's Work In English Studies Most writing about the abundance of texts made possible by the digital revolution can be divided into utopian declarations of a dawning age of plenitude and lugubrious elegies on a lost age of Gutenberg. Cope, Leitz, and their contributors take a different track, offering learned, witty, and compelling accounts of canonicity, academic labor, and access to resources in our newly wired era, when scholarly standards are more, not less, important than under the old dispensation. Neither a pie-in-the-sky proclamation of triumphalism nor a glum jeremiad, Textual Studies and the Enlarged Eighteenth Century is a thoughtful and wide-ranging account of the current state of the art in eighteenth-century textual studies. -- Jack Lynch, Professor of English, Rutgers University and author of The Age of Elizabeth in the Age of Johnson and Deception and Detection in Eighteenth-Century Britain Excellent explorations of the ongoing ferment inside literary and cultural studies. -- John J. Burke, Jr., Professor of English, University of Alabama

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