It is often taken for granted these days, in the academic world and in the world at large, that the Internet, which has revolutionized the way we conduct research, has rendered obsolete the study of books as traditional modes of textual transmission. This assumption itself rests on two related presuppositions: the first is that books are worth studying as bearers of text and that focusing on them as artefacts is of secondary interest; the second is that textual studies have nothing to learn from the material conditions of the transmission of a text, including the physical examination of books. This paper proposes to revisit the question by arguing, based on a variety of examples, that not only has descriptive bibliography considerably broadened the scope and depth of textual studies, but that, far from being a highly specialized field reserved for a a small coterie of antiquarians, it is fully consistent with the most topical debates on the instability of texts and the need to broaden the notion of “authorship.” It will further argue that the teaching of bibliography at the college and university levels is all the more recommendable since the Internet has not fundamentally altered the intellectual discipline required for textual studies: if anything, it has made it even more necessary.
|Keywords:||Descriptive Bibliography, Textual Studies|
Professor, UFR Sciences du langage, de l'homme et de la société, Université de Franche-Comté, Besancon, France
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