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Strategies and Typologies

Dirk Van Hulle

in Manuscript Genetics, Joyce's Know-How, Beckett's Nohow

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032009
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039657 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032009.003.0004
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This chapter discusses the different typologies of manuscripts and writing strategies. It introduces the concept of ratiocination, which is the most extreme form of “thinking on paper” and is the approach used by the so-called “syncretists”. It is stated that most typologies work with a model process as a kind of contrastive background against which any deviation in a concrete writing process can be highlighted. “Thinking with the quill” refers to the overabundance of strategies, and it inevitably raises the question of why Arthur Schopenhauer considered this form of thinking inferior to ratiocination inside the skull. The last part of the discussion is spent on the three major stages in the writing process: the avant-texte, the text, and the so-called post-text.

Keywords: typologies; manuscripts; writing strategies; ratiocination; thinking on paper; syncretists; thinking with the quill; Arthur Schopenhauer; major stages; writing process

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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