A Poetics of Editing

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A first-ever attempt to define a poetics of the editing arts, which proposes a materialist poetics informed by debates about a ‘new materialism’. The book’s premise is that editing, like other forms of making, is mostly invisible and can only be brought into full view through a comparative analysis that includes the insights of practitioners. It proposes a new field of editing studies, in which the ‘ideal editor’ can be understood as part of the relationship with the long-theorised author and reader. While the traditional perception of editing is as the imposition of closure, this work shows how it can work as a dynamic process with a sense of the possible.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages265
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-92246-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-92245-4
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2018


  • editing
  • publishing
  • poetics
  • literary theory
  • book history
  • information studies
  • Communication
  • digital humanities

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