A Poetics of Editing

Authors: Greenberg, Susan L.

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  • Adds a perspective to the traditional perception of editing as the policing of error, or the imposition of judgment and closure, as a dynamic process with a built-in understanding of failure and a sense of the possible 
    Argues that its subject’s elusiveness can only be addressed through a sustained and determinedly comparative analysis that takes the long view and fully integrates the insights of practitioners 
    Offers a first attempt to define a poetics of the editing arts: an approach that denigrates neither practice nor theory but brings them into dialogue with each other  

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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.

About the authors

Susan L. Greenberg is Senior Lecturer in creative writing at the University of Roehampton, UK, and programme convener for the department’s MA Publishing, following a long career in journalism and media. She holds a PhD in Publishing from University College London and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Publications include Editors Talk About Editing (2015).

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Poetics of Editing
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-92246-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-92246-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-92245-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 265
Number of Illustrations
13 b/w illustrations
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