Paul Eggert’s The Work and the Reader in Literary Studies: Scholarly Editing and Book History elaborates a general program for the study of literature centered on the question, “What is the thing read?” Concepts of document, text, and work are parsed with care, generating many valuable insights and clarifications, but there is need for more thinking about the linguistic medium of literature. To textual studies, bibliography, and book history — the trio of foundational disciplines advocated by Eggert — one should add philology, or the study of literary language.
Ian Cornelius, “Take This Work Global,” Textual Cultures 14, no. 1 (August 9, 2021): 39–49, https://doi.org/10.14434/tc.v14i1.32827.
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