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D. C. Greetham

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198119937

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119937.001.0001

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Textual Theory and the Territorial Metaphor

(p.1) Introduction
Theories of the Text

D. C. Greetham

Oxford University Press

The book aims to show that bibliography is not a safe positivist redoubt resistant to the onslaughts of post-structuralism, culture criticism, and so on, but that the gates are already open and the traffic two-way. It is the author's contention that only by seeing the field whole can one begin to perceive the theory that is embedded in practice, those generally unacknowledged principles that drive both editorial and critical decisions. Lastly, the book decodes the symptoms present in this cumulative history and interrogates the practices so that they may reveal their theories. Throughout, the book maintains that all practice, even that which asserts its empirical independence from theory, is, in fact, empowered by a theory or theories: theories of the text.

Keywords:   theories of the text, bibliography, post-structuralism, culture criticism

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