Textual Culture refers to the material processes and ideological
formations surrounding the production, transmission, reception,
and regulation of texts. It studies the interactions between these
processes and formations in order to show how texts get made and
how they are understood. It works within and across intellectual
history, literary criticism, critical theory, linguistics and critical
discourse analysis, history of the book, and publishing-as-process.
It does not have an allegiance to a single disciplinary area, and
it contests the boundaries and traditions of existing disciplinary
categories. This is a highly significant development within the
discipline of English Studies, as the remarkable list of plenary
speakers attending the 2005 conference demonstrates. They are Roger
Chartier (Paris/Cornell), John Frow (Melbourne), Peter D. McDonald
(Oxford), Clifford Siskin (Columbia), Lawrence Rainey (York), Kim
Schrøder (Roskilde), Rita Copeland (Pennsylvania), Alastair
Minnis (Yale), Leah Price (Harvard), and Bill Warner (Santa Barbara).
The University of Stirling is the UK base for this innovative new
area of international research. The Textual Culture research group
is active in the Department of English Studies at Stirling. We hosted
the first international Textual Culture conference in Stirling in
2005, and held a one-day symposium at the university in February,
2007. Please follow the links to the left for details of these events.