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Textual Practice


Subject Literature

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405168908.2010.x


When Terence Hawkes from the University of Wales at Cardiff, along with an international editorial board, set out to produce the first volume of Textual Practice , he was wary about its future. Hawkes's introductory editorial begins with the disclaimer that, while there is never any good time to start a new journal, 1987 seemed an especially gloomy year for such purposes, for “the academic world in general feels itself to be under attack.” And yet, Hawkes concluded his remarks with the assertion that “there was never a time when [a journal] such as Textual Practice was more necessary.” The journal, which focuses primarily on literary T exts , while managing to keep sight of the broader study of textuality across disciplines, serves its purpose well. The role of Textual Practice has proven to be one of both the observer and the active participant, challenging existing S tructures in textual criticism; the articles in the journal are by and about major critics of the day. The lead article in the first issue, for instance is “The end of English,” by Terry E agleton; the focus of the essay, in which he dwells on the effect of the influential journal Scrutiny , is the struggle between the study of “English” as a subject and C ritical theory , which sparks the interest of today's scholars. Eagleton ends with the claim that “the only conflict which finally matters is between the ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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