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Coleridge and Textual Instability : The Multiple Versions of the Major Poems - Jack Stillinger

Coleridge and Textual Instability

The Multiple Versions of the Major Poems

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Published: 12th May 1994
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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

Abbreviationsp. xi
Introduction: The Current State of Coleridge's Poetic Textsp. 3
The Multiple Versionsp. 26
The Eolian Harpp. 27
This Lime-Tree Bower My Prisonp. 43
Frost at Midnightp. 52
The Rime of the Ancient Marinerp. 60
Kubla Khanp. 73
Christabelp. 79
Dejection: An Odep. 91
Coleridge as Reviserp. 100
A Practical Theory of Versionsp. 118
Texts and Apparatusesp. 141
The Eolian Harpp. 142
This Lime-Tree Bower My Prisonp. 148
Frost at Midnightp. 154
The Rime of the Ancient Marinerp. 158
Kubla Khan: or, A Vision in a Dreamp. 185
Christabelp. 189
Dejection: An Odep. 216
A Letter top. 226
Notesp. 237
Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9780195085839
ISBN-10: 0195085833
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
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