Editorial genesis

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In literary genetics, &#8220;editorial genetics&#8221; deals with the &#8220;public life&#8221; of texts, whereas the writing process is affected by edition and diffusion. Editorial genetics frequently has to deal with cases of &#8220;editorial rewriting&#8221;: in the literary domain for example, authors frequently modify previously published works, so that several versions may co-exist. We are especially interested in Balzac&#8217;s <i>La Bourse </i>(translated in English as <i>The Purse</i>) since we know three authorized versions of this specific work.By comparing different texts associated with a single work, the literary geneticist is facing different products that are themselves the result of a writing process. However, different specificities should be outlined: (1) the writing process does not leave any trace: we just have access to different products/texts and (2) since the texts we compare seem to be achieved, differences must be referred, not to programmatic or temporary linguistic structures, but to the reconfiguration of a pre-existing textuality.Do such products still reflect the processes that have given birth to them&#63; Does the comparison between two texts considered as variations of a same text give access to this transformation&#8217;s processes&#63; After describing the objects of this particular textual comparison and the terminology that permits to give an account of such phenomenon, this contribution suggests to express these questions differently, as a matter of <i>poetics of transitions between texts</i>, or, further digging, an <i>hermeneutics of the transition between texts</i>.


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