[WebCultures] New book 'A Poetics of Editing', with chapters on digital culture and history

Susan Greenberg S.Greenberg at roehampton.ac.uk
Mon Sep 17 16:50:23 CEST 2018

Dear all,

I have been something of a quiet 'lurker' on this list, so please excuse the promotion, but I hope you will find this of genuine interest.

I am writing to let you know about the publication of my book A Poetics of Editing. The premise is that editing, like other forms of ‘making’, is mostly invisible and can only be brought into full view through a comparative analysis that includes the insights of practitioners. It proposes a new field of editing studies, in which the ‘ideal editor’ can be understood as part of a relationship with the long-theorised author and reader. The book takes issue with critical theory and proposes a materialist poetics that proposes ways of moving forward that supports practice. The history section ranges from early print to early digital. A chapter on contemporary digital culture makes an argument about the oddly central place of anti-editing rhetoric in that form of idealism.

If you want to check it out, the Palgrave page for the title is here (in £, $ and Euros respectively):




If anyone is interested in acting as a book reviewer, let me know and I can include your name when I approach review editors.

Some testimonials:

‘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, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP).


Best wishes,


Dr Susan L. Greenberg
Department of English and Creative Writing
University of Roehampton
80 Roehampton Lane,London SW15 5PH

Publisher, Fincham Press https://fincham.press/
Convener, MA Publishing @RoePublish

A Poetics of Editing http://bit.ly/2Jjx4gZ
Editors Talk about Editing: Insights for Readers, Writers and Publishers https://amzn.to/2vtWgN8

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