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Dirk Van Hulle

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This article suggests a reversal of roles: instead of using manuscript research to make an edition, it conceives of an edition as a tool for doing manuscript research. The case study is Joyce’s red-backed, “Guiltless” copybook, more specifically the genesis of the phrase “genesic field” in Chapter I.5 of Finnegans Wake. After a short survey of the history of editorial approaches, the article proposes a way of modelling a digital genetic edition of “Work in Progress” according to five categories (exo-, endo-, epi-, macro- and microgenesis), thus taking up Daniel Ferrer’s suggestion to devise “models for a genetic criticism” in the digital age.

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Dirk Van Hulle

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While most European editors in the so-called Sattelzeit (the period leading up to and following after the French Revolution) were preoccupied with establishing and fixating national Urtexts in the service of nation-building, authors became increasingly aware of the literary creation as a process and started preserving their rough drafts and manuscripts. This trend prefigured a Darwinian change in editorial thinking: from an essentialist approach to a new focus on gestations and processes, marked by an acceptance of imperfection and an appreciation of the value of ‘mistakes’ as a crucial element in the dynamics of writing.

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Dirk Van Hulle

Insofar as writing can be regarded as a form of thinking, authors' manuscripts may serve as tools for interdisciplinary research in the area between literary studies and cognitive philosophy. This article studies the manuscript versions of Beckett's late texts “Ceiling” and as a case study to analyze the ways in which genetic Beckett studies can contribute to recent “enactivist” developments in cognitive philosophy. In terms of methodology, the article proposes to extend Brian Richardson's concept of “denarration” with a genetic dimension in order to study the way Beckett “decreated” traditional models of the mind and prefigured new ones.