Rewriting(s)

Edited by Lucy Russell and Eleanor Dobson

MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 11

Modern Humanities Research Association

15 February 2017


In Borges’s classic tale Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote, it is said of Pierre that ‘he did not want to compose another Quixote – which is easy – but the Quixote itself’.

Rewriting encourages a reassessment of the given. It is also a conscious positioning of a text within a tradition, a series, a developmental process of literature: if all texts are implicitly formed of preceding writings, then rewriting makes this explicit. Rewriting occurs within and across genres, movements, cultures, and political frameworks, simultaneously transforming and preserving the root works. It spans the reworking of tales such as those of Faust, Odysseus, and Marco Polo; the renewal of texts by their own author or at the hand of another; and the critical afterlife of a work. Rewriting conflates reader and writer, and queries the conceived boundaries of a text. It is a literary mode which reveals the protean natures of text, influence, tradition, genre, authorship, and readership; bringing the very essence of what we mean by ‘literature’ into question.

Contents:

1-8
Introduction: Rewriting(s)
Lucy Russell, Eleanor Dobson
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9-16
‘Cualquier hombre es todos los hombres’ (‘any man is all men’): Jorge Luis Borges, W. B. Yeats and Eternal Return
Grace Gaynor
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17-29
Rewriting Othello for the Stalinist Stage: The Case of Sergei and Anna Radlov
Jill Warren
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30-38
‘The Truth Only Partially Perceived’: (Mis)Reading/Writing, Rewriting, and Artistic Development in Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet
Rachel Darling
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39-49
Spectres of Balzac: Stefan Zweig’s Collection of Manuscripts and his Rewriting of the Unfinished Balzac
Pardaad Chamsaz
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Bibliography entry:

Russell, Lucy, and Eleanor Dobson (eds), Rewriting(s) (= MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities, 11 (2017)) <http://www.mhra.org.uk/publications/wph-11> [accessed 28 October 2020]

First footnote reference: 35 Rewriting(s), ed. by Lucy Russell and Eleanor Dobson (= MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities, 11 (2017)) <http://www.mhra.org.uk/publications/wph-11> [accessed 28 October 2020], p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Russell and Dobson, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Russell, Lucy, and Eleanor Dobson (eds). 2017. Rewriting(s) (= MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities, 11) <http://www.mhra.org.uk/publications/wph-11> [accessed 28 October 2020]

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Russell and Dobson 2017: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Russell and Dobson 2017: 21.

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