Peter L Shillingsburg

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Books Authored

Scholarly Editing in the Computer Age  English Dept., RMC, U of New South Wales, 1984. Revised edition, U of Georgia Press, 1986.  Third, rev. ed., U. Michigan Press, 1996.

            Pegasus in Harness:  Victorian Publishing and W. M. Thackeray U Press of Virginia, 1992.

            Resisting Texts: Authority and Submission in Constructions of Meaning U Michigan Press,

            William Makepeace Thackeray: A Literary Life London: Palgrave, 2001

            From Gutenberg to Google: Electronic Representations of Literary Texts Cambridge
Press, 2006


Scholarly editions

The Works of W. M. Thackeray, General Editor. 
Michigan Press. A full‑scale scholarly edition developed on historical principles),
formerly published by Garland Publishers Inc.

                        Vanity Fair,  1989

                        Henry Esmond  (ed. by Edgar F. Harden),  1989

                        Pendennis, 1991

                        Flore et Zephyr, Yellowplush, and Major Gahagan, 1991

                        The Newcomes,  1996

                        Catherine (ed. by Sheldon Goldfarb, 1999)

                        Barry Lyndon (ed. by Edgar F. Harden, 1999)
                        The Book of Snobs and  Punch's Prize Novels (ed. by Edgar F. Harden, 2005)

                        English Humourists  (ed. E. Harden, 2008)

                        The Adventures of Philip (ed. Judith Law Fisher, 2009)


 Other Books Edited

Voice, Text, and Hypertext, co-edited with Riamonda Modiano and Leroy Searle (U
            Washington P, 2003)

            Thackeray Special Issue, Costerus II (1974), 359 pp.

            Poems by Howell H. Gwin, edited and introduced, 1988

            Norton Critical Edition of Vanity Fair (WWNorton, 1994)

           Anglo-American Textual Studies Reader, Co-Edited With Paul Eggert, and Kevin Caliendo
            published as a special issue of Ecdotica, an Italian and Spanish journal of textual studies
            (2010; dated 2009).



1972 ‑ "The First Edition of Thackeray's Pendennis," PBSA, 66, pp. 35‑49.

1973 ‑ "Thackeray and the Firm of Bradbury and Evans," Victorian Studies Assoc. Newsletter, No. 11, pp. 11‑14.

         ‑ "Miss Horrocks Again (on revisions in Vanity Fair)," Nineteenth Century Fiction, 28 (1973), 92‑95.

1974 ‑ "Thackeray Texts:  A Guide to Inexpensive Editions," Costerus, II, pp. 287‑313.

         ‑ "Pendennis in America," PBSA, 68, pp. 325‑29.

1975 ‑ "Thackeray's Pendennis:  A Rejected Page of Manuscript," Huntington Library Quart., 39, pp. 189‑95.

         ‑ "Detecting Stereotype Plate Usage in Mid‑Nineteenth Century Books," Editorial Quart., I, No. 2, pp. 2‑3.

         ‑ "Editing and the Oxford English Dictionary," Editorial Quart., I, No. 2, pp. 8‑9 (with M. J. Shillingsburg).

         ‑ Addenda to Fisher:  Joyce Cary," PBSA, 69, p. 409.

1977 ‑ "Critical Editing and the Center for Scholarly Editions," Scholarly Publishing, 9, pp. 31‑40.

         ‑ "A Note on Froude's Anonymous Translation of Goethe," PBSA, 71, pp. 507‑12.

         ‑ "K. L. Goodwin's Ideal Edition of `Vanity Fair'," Notes and Queries, 222, pp. 363‑65.

1978 ‑ "Problems in Editing Thackeray," in Editing Nineteenth‑Century Fiction, ed. by Jane Millgate (New

YorkGarland Publishing), pp. 41-59.

1979 ‑ "Register Measurement as a Method of Detecting Hidden Printings," PBSA, 73, pp. 484‑88.

1980 ‑ "Publishers' Records and Analytical Bibliography:  A Thackerayan Example," The Book Collector, 29,  pp. 343‑62.

         ‑ "Dickens and the Business of Authorship" (review essay), Review, 2, pp. 287‑95.

         ‑ "The Computer as Research Assistant in Scholarly Editing," Literary Research Newsletter, 5, pp. 31‑45.

         ‑ "Collating Machines and 19th Century Printed Books," Direction Line, No. 10, pp. 4‑8.

1981 ‑ "The Printing, Proof‑reading, and Publishing of Thackeray's Vanity Fair," Studies in Bibliography, 34,  pp. 118‑45.

         ‑ "Final Touches and Patches in Vanity Fair:  The First Edition," Studies in the Novel, 13, pp. 40‑50.

         ‑ "Thackeray's Pendennis Revised," Etudes Anglaises, 34, No. 4, pp. 432‑442.

         ‑ "Editorial Problems are Readers' Problems," Browning Institute Studies, 9, pp. 43‑57.

1982 ‑ "Key Issues in Editorial Theory," Analytical & Enumerative Bibliography, 6, pp. 3‑16.

1985 ‑ "Thackeray in Australia:  The Periodic Press," Victorian Periodicals Review, 18 (Winter), pp. 134‑37.

         ‑ "Pegasus in Harness:  Thackeray as Man of Business," Studies in Prose Literature, (Occasional Paper,
 #5, RMC, Univ. of New South Wales, 1985), pp. 64‑71.

1987 ‑ "A Book that Percolates" (a review essay), Review, 9, pp. 81‑8.

         ‑ "Thackeray and Punch: Bradbury and Evans and Smith, Elder," Thackeray Newsletter,  26 (Nov.), 1-3.

1988 ‑ "Literary Theory and 'The Text Itself,'" Critical Exchange (Miami of Ohio). (canceled)

         ‑ "Is There Anything to Get Straight," Critical Exchange (Miami of Ohio). (canceled, included in

                        Pegasus in Harness, 1998)

1989 ‑ "An Inquiry into the Social Status of Texts and Modes of Textual Criticism," Studies in Bibliography,  42, pp. 55‑79.

         ‑ "The Meanings of a Scholarly Edition," Bulletin of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand, 13, pp. 41‑50.

         ‑ "Notes on R. H. Miller's `The Place of the Received Text in Editorial Theory," Analytical &

                        Enumerative Bibliography, ns3, pp. 96‑8.

1990 ‑ "The Three Moby‑Dicks," American Literary History, II, (Spring), pp. 119‑30.

         ‑ "Authorial Autonomy vs. Social Contract:  The Case of Henry Esmond,"   Editing in Australia

                        (Sydney: Univ. of New South Wales Press, 1990), 33‑47, and in Devils and Angels:  Editing

                        and Literary Theory  (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1991), pp. 22‑43.

1991 ‑ "Text as Matter, Concept, and Action," Studies in Bibliography, 44, pp. 31‑82.

         - "Textual Variants, Performance Variants, and the Concept of Work," Bulletin of the Bibliographical Society
Australia and New Zealand, 15, pp. 60-72.  Reprinted in Germany in Editio: Internationales Jahrbuch
fur Editionswissenschaft
, (1993), 221-234.

1993 - "Polymorphic, Polysemic, Protean, Reliable, Electronic Texts" Palimpsest: Editorial Theory in the

                        Humanities, George Bornstein and Ralph Williams, eds. (U Michigan P, 1993), pp. 29-43.

1994 - "Textual Angst" LINQ (an Australian publication), 21 (Oct.), pp 71-93.

1995 - "Thackeray Studies 1982-1992,"  Dickens Studies Annual, 23, pp. 303-336. Review of scholarship.

         - "Editing Thackeray: A History," Studies in the Novel  27 (Fall), pp. 363-74.

1996 - "Research Guide to Scholarly Editing: Nineteenth Century British Fiction,"  Scholarly Editing: A

                        Research Guide (New York: Modern Language Association, 1996), 331-50.

         - "Standards for Electronic Editions," in Literary Texts in the Digital Age," ed. Richard J. Finneran.

                        (Ann Arbor: U Michigan P, 1996), pp. 23-35.

         - "Editions Half Perceived, Half Created," Studies in the Literary Imagination 29 (Fall), pp. 75-88.

1998 - "The Faces of Victorian Fiction" in The Iconic Page. ed. by George Bornstein and Theresa Tinkle (Ann

                        Arbor: U Michigan P, 1998), pp. 141-56.

         - "A Resistance to Contemporary German Editorial Theory and Practice," Editio: International Yearbook of

                         Scholarly Editing, 12, pp. 138-50.

1999 - "Negotiating Conflicting Aims in Scholarly Editing," Problems of Editing, Christa Jansohn, ed. Special

                        issue, Editio (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1999), pp. 1-8.

         - "Editing Determinate Material Texts" TEXT, 12 (1999), 59-71.

2000 -  Thackeray Bibliography, New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature (Cambridge UP, 2000)

         - "Anglo-amerikanische Editionswissenschaft: Ein knapper Überblick" (Anglo-American Scholarly Editing:

                        A Brief Overview) in Text und Edition: Positionen und Perspektiven, ed. Rudiger Nutt-Kofoth,

                        Bodo Plachta, H. T. M. van Vliet und Hermann ZwerschinaBerlin: Erich Schmidt Verlang, pp.


2001 - "Orientations to Texts" Editio: International Yearbook of Scholarly Editing,

2002 - "Victorian Fiction Publishing" Encyclopedia of Victorian Fiction edited by William Baker and Kenneth

                        Womack. Greenwood Press, pp. 30-38.

2003 - "Hagiolotry, Cultural Engineering, Monument Building, and Other Functions of Scholarly Editing,"

in Voice Text Hypertext: Emerging Practices in Textual Studies (Univ. of Washington Press), pp. 412-23

-  "Antebellum American Literature from Charleston to Natchez,"  Southern Quarterly 41 (Winter), 5-10.

2004  -  “Private Reading, Public Writing: W. M. Thackeray, Mrs. Grundy, and the Market,” Variants 2 pp. 271-78.

-  "Introduction" Voice, Text, and Hypertext (U of Washington Press) , pp. vii-xiv.

-  Thackeray biography, in New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford UP, 2004)

-  "Authority and Authorization in American Editing," Autor-Autorisation-Authentizität ed. Thomas Bein,

Rüdiger Nutt-Kofoth and Bodo Plachta. Special issue of editio (Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag, 2004), pp. 73-81.

2005  -  "Practical Editions of Literary Texts" Variants 4,  pp. 29-55.

2006  - “Verso Una Teoria Degli Atti di Scrittura” (Towards at Theory of Script Acts), Ecdotica 11:36 pp. 62-81

                        [translated by Domenico Fiormonte].

            - “How Watching Vanity Fair Grow Affects Our Reading of It” Verslagen en Mededelingen van de KANTL

                        (publication of the Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature)

         -  “Publications of Coetzee’s ‘The Humanities in Africa’” Script and Print (Bulletin of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand) 28:4 (for 2004; published in 2006), 105-112.

         - “On Being Textually Aware” Studies in American Naturalism 1 (Summer & Winter 2006) 170-95.

2007  -  “Textual Criticism, the Humanities, and J. M. Coetzee  English Studies in Africa (2007) 49:2.

            - “The First Five English Editions of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of SpeciesVariants  5, 2007.

2008  - “Reflections on editing and the web” Ecdotica pp. 191-95.

- “The dank cellar of electronic texts” Literary and Linguistic Computing 2008; doi: 10.1093/llc/fqn031

2009  - "Editing Lectures as Performance or Publication: Thackeray's The Four Georges", in Superior in His Profession: Essays in Memory of Harold Love, Script & Print  Special Issue, vol. 33, nos. 1-4, 2009 pp.161-175. Published by the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand, November 2009.

         -“How Literary Works Exist: Convenient Scholarly Editions,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 3, 3 (Summer 2009),  Digital Textual Studies: Past, Present and Future ed. Maura Ives.

2010  - “1790-1900 Britain” for the Oxford Companion to the Book (Assoc. ed.).

          - "The Printing, Proof-Reading, And Publishing Of Thackeray's Vanity Fair," Reprinted from Studies In Bibliography, 34, 1980, pp. 118-45  in The History of the Book in the West: 1800–1914. Edited by Stephen Colclough and Alexis Weedon. Farnham: Ashgate, 2010.

          -  “How Literary Works Exist:  Implied, Represented, and Interpreted,” pp. 163-180, in Willard McCarty, ed., Text and Genre in Reconstruction: Effects of Digitalization on Ideas, Behaviours, Products and Institutions.  Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2010.

- "The impact of computers on the art of scholarly editing" In New Technologies In Medieval And Renaissance Studies Vol. 2, Electronic Publishing: Politics and Pragmatics, ed. Gabriel Egan (Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, Arizona State University)

        -Jones, Steven E., Peter Shillingsburg, and George K. Thiruvathukal. “E-Carrel: An Environment for Collaborative Textual Scholarship.” Journal of the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science 1, no. 2 (June 16, 2010).

2011   -  "The Semiotics of Bibliography" Textual Cultures 6.1 pp. 11-25.

       - "Scholarly Editing as a Cultural Enterprise" for Variants the journal of the European Society for Textual Scholarship, 9, pp. 247-268.

Articles Accepted for Publication

        -"Some Functions of Textual Criticism " Text Technology, the journal of computer text processing (Canada)

- "A Slight Conflict of Aims: Scholarly vs Academic Editing" for a collection of essays edited by Darcy Cullen. U Toronto Press


First Posted: December 2004
Updated: April  06; Nov. 07; Ap 2012