Textual pluralism holds that there can exist more than one authoritative version of a literary work, and that only by viewing the collective versions can the constitution of a work be seen.
In Coleridge and Textual Instability, Jack Stillinger establishes and documents the existence of numerous different authoritative versions of Coleridge's best-known poems: sixteen or more of The Eolian Harp, for example, eighteen of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and comparable numbers for This Lime-Tree Bower, Frost at Midnight, Kubla Khan, Christabel, and Dejection: An Ode.
Such multiplicity of versions raises interesting theoretical and practical questions about the make-up of the Coleridge canon, the ontological identity of any specific work in the canon, the editorial treatment of Coleridge's works, and the ways in which multiple versions complicate interpretation of the poems as a unified (or, as the case may be, disunified) body of work.
Providing much new information about the texts and production of Coleridge's major poems, Stillinger's study offers intriguing new theories about the nature of authorship and the composition of literary works.
"Stillinger's proposal, elucidated with such candour and sceptical good sense is surely to be welcomed..."--The Wordsworth Circle "Stillinger's proposal, elucidated with such candour and sceptical good sense is surely to be welcomed..."--The Wordsworth Circle
|Introduction: The Current State of Coleridge's Poetic Texts||p. 3|
|The Multiple Versions||p. 26|
|The Eolian Harp||p. 27|
|This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison||p. 43|
|Frost at Midnight||p. 52|
|The Rime of the Ancient Mariner||p. 60|
|Kubla Khan||p. 73|
|Dejection: An Ode||p. 91|
|Coleridge as Reviser||p. 100|
|A Practical Theory of Versions||p. 118|
|Texts and Apparatuses||p. 141|
|The Eolian Harp||p. 142|
|This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison||p. 148|
|Frost at Midnight||p. 154|
|The Rime of the Ancient Mariner||p. 158|
|Kubla Khan: or, A Vision in a Dream||p. 185|
|Dejection: An Ode||p. 216|
|A Letter to||p. 226|
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Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 12th May 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 16.1 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.57