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Dirk Van Hulle

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032009

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032009.001.0001

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Strategies and Typologies

Strategies and Typologies

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

Dirk Van Hulle

University Press of Florida

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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