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Textual genetics

4:30pm-6:00pm on Friday 15 March

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Wren Library, Trinity College, Neville's Court, Trinity Street Access via Trinity College Porter's Lodge Great Gate, Trinity Lane, CB2 1TQ

In this workshop led by Kemal Sultanov, we will trace the ‘genesis’ of a literary text from its earliest drafts through to its publication (and beyond), by examining the authors’ preparatory notebooks, drafts produced at various stages of composition (in both manuscript and typescript) and annotated pre-publication ‘proofs’ (reviewed before a text goes to press).

In tracking the development of a literary work as it moves between successive textual states, we will attend closely to the dynamics of the writing process and the writers’ (oftentimes idiosyncratic) compositional practices – their habits, ticks and methods – and pay close attention to the significance of corrections, revisions and writerly tinkering of all kinds.

By examining a range of material written by William Wordsworth, Alfred Tennyson, Paul Valéry, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, we will experiment with interpretative strategies that can be used to engage manuscripts, drafts and other material traces of composition.

Booking/Registration is: REQUIRED

Additional Information

Age: Adults
Format: Workshop
Timing: In person
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: 20
Theme: Society, Discovery
Accessibility: Full access, Partial access - please contact us for details

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