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A Poetics of Editing



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A Poetics of Editing by Susan L. Greenberg

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This original and authoritative book offers a first ever attempt to define a poetics of the editing arts. Its premise is that, like other forms of `making', editing is mostly invisible. This can only be brought into full view through a sustained comparative analysis that takes the long view and integrates the insights of practitioners. The theoretical and descriptive context is supported by a new working definition and a panoramic historical narrative which tracks the shifts of textual authority from religious to secular institutions, and from secular authority to the romanticised self of the digital present. The potential dangers of this hybrid romanticism, and the anti-editing rhetoric that it engenders, 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 built-in understanding of failure and a sense of the possible.

Author Biography

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).
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September 2nd, 2018
1st ed. 2018
13 Illustrations, black and white; XI, 171 p. 13 illus.
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Springer International Publishing AG
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