Craig White's Literature Courses
Terms / Themes
follows "the death of the author," replacing the author as a single controlling authority
whose intent controls meaning. Some voices matter more than others, but a text
like a textile or texture weaves together multiple threads and potential
extensions within and beyond the text itself.
- The three basic domains of
textuality . .
. are texture, structure, and context. The term 'texture' covers the
various devices used in establishing continuity of sense and thus making
a sequence of sentences operational (i.e. both cohesive and coherent). .
- "There are
various senses in which a piece of writing may be said to be a 'text.'
The word 'text' itself is the past participle stem of of the Latin verb
to weave, intertwine, plait, or (of writing) compose. The English words
'textile' and 'texture' also derive from the same Latin word. This
etymology of the word 'text' is apparent in
expressions that refer to the 'weaving' of a story, the 'thread' of an
argument, or the 'texture' of a piece of
writing. A 'text' may thus be taken to be a weaving or a network of
analytic, conceptual, logical, and theoretical relations that is woven
with the threads of language. This implies that language is not a transparent
medium through which arguments are expressed,
. . . but is interwoven with or provides the very filaments of the
substantive arguments themselves."
(Vivienne Brown, "Textuality and the History of
Economics." A Companion to the History of
ed. by W. J. Samuels et al. Blackwell, 2003)