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To take the editorial process as an object of study, John Bryant asserts in his book The Fluid Text: a Theory of Revision and Editing for Book and Screen, is to reject the popular assumption “that the ‘job’ of textual scholarship … is to sift through corruption and ‘otherness’ and establish an authoritative or definitive text for common use.” He holds that in the illumination and investigation of editorial changes, “we find more than just the accidents of textual transmission; we begin to envision a fuller phenomenon, tied to historical moments but always changing and always manifesting one set of interests or another” (2002, 2). The literary edition is a fascinating site of negotiation between the interests (and perceived interests) of reader, editor, and author. These categories of reader, editor and author can further coexist in various combinations within one individual as in the case, for example, of self-censorship. We are seeking presentations that approach textual changes as evidence of these negotiations in order to gain insight into the editorial process and the cultural moments underlying them in German-language literature.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

The Role of the Editor in the Editorial Process

  • electronic editions
  • revising the bibliographic code
  • the editor’s preface
  • history of the editor
  • editions in translation
  • orthographic modernization

The Role of the Author in the Editorial Process

  • author as editor
  • self-censorship and self-editing
  • autobiography
  • awareness of editorial process
  • the author and the co-created literary text

Editing Texts not Composed for Publication

  • posthumous editions
  • editing diaries
  • editing personal correspondence
  • ethics of editing
The Editorial Process and Canon Building

  • kinds of editions
  • selection of texts and the economics of culture
  • critical reception of editions
  • editing and the material history of the book
  • minority authors and the editorial process
  • editing and the category of “literary”
  • the “definitive” edition
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Bodo Plachta, Vreije Universiteit Amsterdam
Dr. Ulrike Leuschner, Technische Universität Darmstadt
Dr. Eva-Maria Kröller, University of British Columbia
Dr. Siân Echard, University of British Columbia

Organizers: Lydia Jones, Karen Roy and Dr. Gaby Pailer

Download a pdf of the call for papers: Editing2011finalCFP.

~this event is free and open to the public~

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