Bibliography and Textual Studies list

for Field Exam Pilot Program (6 Dec 08)

Note: BTS is an interest group that extends across the historical and national distinctions which elsewhere subdivide the discipline of English.  The works of primary importance below are, to all of us in BTS, akin to what another historically-based field might describe as their 'primary texts.'  It follows, therefore, that we deem it important that BTS students familiarize themselves with a range of methods and innovations in BTS approaches – even if these occur in historical periods far removed from their own focus.   When it comes to the category of works of secondary importance, however, it is a work's assumptions and methodology – rather than the entirety of the content – for which the student will be deemed responsible.  Students are asked to pick at least 5 works in the secondary category (that address their specialty by area, period, or even author) to study in depth.  At the end, we have also listed some selections from faculty publications – merely to demonstrate how local faculty engage this dynamic, diverse field.

Works of primary importance:

Peter W. M. Blayney, The First Folio of Shakespeare (Washington DC, 1991).

Roger Chartier, The Order of Books (Stanford, 1994).

Robert Darnton, 'First Steps Towards a History of Reading,' in Reception Study: From Literary Theory to Cultural Studies, eds. James L. Machor and Philip Goldstein (Routledge, 2001), 160-179.

_____, 'What is the History of Books?' in Reading in America, ed. Cathy N. Davidson (Johns Hopkins, 1989), 27-52.

Lucien Fevre and Henri-Jean Martin, The Coming of the Book: The Impact of Printing (1958); various edns of the English translation by David Gerard are available.

Philip Gaskell, A New Introduction to Bibliography (Oxford, 1972); corrected rpt. 1974, paperback rpt. Oak Knoll, 1995.

Hans Walter Gabler, 'The Text as Process and the Problem of Intentionality,' TEXT 3 (1987): 107 – 116.

Gerard Genette, Paratexts: The Thresholds of Interpretation (1987); English translation by Jane E. Lewin (Cambridge, 1997).

Eric Gill, An Essay on Typography, with new Intro by Christopher Skelton (Godine, 1993).

W. W. Greg.  'The Rationale of Copy-Text' Studies in Bibliography, 3 (1950-51): 19-36.

Jeremy Griffiths and Derek Pearsall, Book Production and Publishing in Britain, 1375-1475 (Cambridge UP, 1989), esp. chapters by Christianson, Lyall 'Paper Revolution,' Harris, Meale, Edward and Pearsall, Boffey and Thomspon, and Blake.

Jerome J. McGann, A Critique of Modern Textual Criticism (Chicago, 1983).

D. F. McKenzie, Bibliography and the Sociology of Texts (Cambridge, 1999).

_____, 'Printers of the Mind: Some Notes on Bibliographical Theories and Printing-House Practices,' Studies in Bibliography 22 (1969): 1-75.

Marshall McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man (U of Toronto, 1962).

M.B. Parkes, 'The Influence of the Concepts of Ordinatio and Compilatio on the Development of the Book' in Medieval Learning and Literature: Essays Presented to Richard William Hart, ed. JJG Alexander and MT Gibson (Clarendon, 1976), 115-41.

Graham Pollard, "The English Market for Printed Books," Publishing History 4 (1978): 7-48. 

Paul Saenger, 'Silent Reading: Its Impact on Late Medieval Script and Society,' Viator 13 (1982): 367-414.

G. Thomas Tanselle, A Rationale of Textual Criticism (U of Pennsylvania P, 1989).

_____, 'Problem of Final Authorial Intention,' Studies in Bibliography 29 (1976): 167-211.

_____, 'Editing Without a Copy-Text,' Studies in Bibliography 47 (1994): 1-22.

The following works of primary importance are BTS reference texts that students should know (they will be held accountable for knowing what type of information can be found in them and what questions might lead them to consult a particular work).  We have only listed two national history projects; there are others.

Hugh Amory and David Hall, eds, A History of the Book in America, 5 vols. (Cambridge, 2000).

Fredson B. Bowers, Principles of Bibliographical Description (Princeton, 1949); rptd. NY, 1962, and in paperback by Oak Knoll, 1994.

_____, Essays in Bibliography, Text, and Editing (U of Virginia, 1975).

The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, 4 vols. (Cambridge, 1998).

John Carter and Nicolas Barker, ABC for Book Collectors.  8th edn (Delaware, 2004).

D. C. Greetham, Theories of the Text (Oxford, 1999).

Paul Oskar Kristeller, Latin Manuscript Books Before 1600, rev. by Sigrid Kramer, 4th edn (Munchen, 1993).

Ronald B. McKerrow, An Introduction to Bibliography for Literary Students (Oxford, 1927); corrected rpt. 1928, paperback rpt. Oak Knoll, 1994.

MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions, 'Guidelines for Editors of Scholarly Editions'; on-line at

M. B. Parkes, English Cursive Book Hands, 1250-1500 (Clarendon, 1969)

G. Thomas Tanselle, Selected Studies in Bibliography (U of Virginia, 1979).  Reprints articles that originally appeared in Studies in Bibliography.

Works of secondary importance (students should familiarize themselves with the methods and approaches trialed in all these works).  No fewer than 5 items should be read in depth:

Richard D. Altick, The English Common Reader: A Social History of the Mass Reading Public, 1800-1900 (2nd edition, Ohio State, 1998).

H.S. Bennett, English Books and Readers 1475-1557 (Cambridge, 1952).

Peter W. M. Blayney, The Bookshops in Paul's Cross Churchyard, publ as part of Occasional Papers of the Bibliographical Society series, No. 5 (1990).

Gerald Bruns, 'The Originality of Texts in a Manuscript Culture' Comparative Literature 32 (1980): 113-29.

John Bryant, The Fluid Text: A Theory of Editing and Revising for Book and Screen (U of Michigan, 2002).

John Carter and Graham Pollard, An Inquiry Into the Nature of Certain Nineteenth-Century Pamphlets (Constable, 1934; repr with additions by Oak Knoll Books, 1992).

Charvat, William, Literary Publishing in America, 1790-1850 (Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 1959.  Reprinted in paperback by U of Massachusetts P in 1993.

Johanna Drucker, A Century of Artists' Books (Granary Books, 1995).

Elizabeth Eisenstein, The Printing Press as an Agent of Change: Communications and Cultural Transformations in Early Modern Europe, 2 vols. (Cambridge, 1979).

David Foxon, Pope and the Early Eighteenth-Century Book Trade, ed. James McLaverty (Clarendon, 1991).

David D. Hall, Cultures of Print: Essays in Book History (Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 1996).

Charlton Hinman, Printing and Proof-Reading of the First Folio, 2 vols. (Oxford, 1963).

H.J. Jackson, Romantic Readers: The Evidence of Marginalia (Yale, 2005).

Virginia Jackson, Dickinson's Misery: A Theory of Lyric Reading (Princeton, 2005).

Adrian Johns, The Nature of the Book; Print and Knowledge in the Making (U of Chicago P, 2000).

Harold Love, Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England (Clarendon, 1993); rprt as The Culture and Commerce of Texts (U of Massachusetts P, 1998).

Leah Marcus, Unediting the Renaissance: Shakespeare, Marlow, Milton (Routledge, 1996).

Jerome J. McGann, Radiant Textuality: Literature after the World Wide Web (Macmillan, 2001).

David McWhirter, ed. Henry James's New York Edition: The Construction of Authorship (Stanford, 1998).

W. J. T. Mitchell, Blake's Composite Art: A Study of the Illuminated Poetry (Princeton, 1978).

Stephen Nichols, 'Philology in a Manuscript Culture,' Speculum 65 (1990): 1-10.

M. B. Parkes, Pause and Effect: An Introduction to the History of Punctuation in the West (Berkeley and L.A., 1993).

M.B. Parkes and A. I. Doyle, 'The Production of Copies of the Canterbury Tales and the Confessio Amantis,' in Medieval Scribes, Manuscripts and Libraries: Essays Presented to N.R. Ker (Scholar Press, 1978), 163-210.

William St Clair, 'The Political Economy of Reading,' The John Coffin Memorial Lecture on the History of the Book (University of London, 2005); on-line at:

Kathryn Sutherland, Jane Austen's Textual Lives: From Aeschylus to Bollywood (Oxford, 2007).

Joseph Viscomi, Blake and the Idea of the Book (Princeton, 1993).

Selected Publications by some BTS Faculty (optional and just FYI)

The publications and projects listed below do not comprise an exhaustive list of BTS research in the English Department (editing projects, for example, are not listed).  These items are merely meant to be representative of the group's active members and their approach to the field.

Janine Barchas

Graphic Design, Print Culture, and the Eighteenth-Century Novel (Cambridge, 2003).

'Before Print Culture: Mary, Lady Chudleigh and the Assimilation of the Book,' in Essays on Eighteenth-Century Genre and Culture, eds. Dennis Todd and Cynthia Wall (U of Delaware P, 2001), 15-35.

Lance Bertelsen

'Popular Entertainment and Instruction, Literary and Dramatic,' in The Cambridge History of English Literature, 1660-1780, ed. John Richetti (Cambridge, 2005), 61-86.

Work in progress:  The Enormous Four Columns: Literal and Cultural Space in the London Daily Newspaper 1757-1772. (book project) 

Daniel Birkholtz

The King's Two Maps: Cartography and Culture in Thirteenth-Century Medieval England (Routledge, 2004)

Douglas Bruster

'The Structural Transformation of Print in Late Elizabethan England,' in Bruster, Shakespeare and the Question of Culture (Palgrave, 2003).

Coleman Hutchison

'Breaking the Book Known as Q,' PMLA (Jan 2006): 33-66.

John Rumrich

Work in Progress: "Paradise Lost, Book IX On-Line Audio Text" of Milton, with Olin Bjork.

Elizabeth Scala

Absent Narratives, Manuscript Textuality, and Literary Structure in Late Medieval England (Palgrave,  2002).

Thomas F. Staley

An Annotated Critical Bibliography of James Joyce (St. Martin's P, 1989).

Michael Winship

The Industrial Book, 1840-1880, published as A History of the Book in America, Vol. 3, co-edited with Scott Casper, Jeff Groves, and Steven Nissenbaum (UNC Press, 2007).

American Literary Publishing in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: The Business of Ticknor and Fields (Cambridge, 1995).

Marjorie C. Woods

An Early Commentary on the 'Poetria nova' of Geoffrey of Vinsauf, Garland Medieval Texts 12 (Garland, 1985).

'Editing Medieval Commentaries: Problems and a Proposed Solution,' TEXT 1 (1984): 133-145.