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A Poetics of Editing: out in autumn 2018

May 26, 2018

cover of book 'A poetics of editing' by Susan L. GreenbergI have been absent from Oddfish for a couple of years, and here is the main reason why – a monograph long in the making that explores editing fully as a practice in its own right. The book proposes the concept of the ‘ideal editor’, to work alongside that of the ideal reader, and the development of a new field of Editing Studies. It also defines a new materialist poetics that invites a comparative, multi-frame approach.

‘Like Gibson’s ‘affordance’, Greenberg’s idea of ‘editing’ is used in suggestively larger social, cultural, personal, phenomenological, and other ways. It is a rich framework for seeing the world.’ Alan Liu, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara

‘A rigorous – and long overdue – analysis of editing as decision-making, wherever practiced. Greenberg draws on the insights of neuroscience, history, philosophy, literary theory, and the lived experience of writers and editors to offer an original, thought-provoking study.’ Beth Luey, past president SHARP.

‘In this powerful meditation, Greenberg explores books, writing and publishing from an original and critically important angle.’ Michael Bhaskar, publishing director at Canelo and author of Curation and The Content Machine.

Greenberg, Susan L. 2018 (forthcoming). A Poetics of Editing. London: Palgrave. ISBN 978-3-319-92245-4

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