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A position that argues that the creator of a text possesses a privileged understanding of its meaning and that consequently any interpretation that contradicts this understanding must ...

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A Dictionary of Media and Communication (3 ed.)

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2020
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Media studies
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... intention The purposes or motivation of the creator of a text . See also intentional communication ; intentional fallacy . ...

authorial intention

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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304 words

... intention Before the later 20 th century, the idea that an editor aimed to present a text that embodied the intentions of its author was generally accepted implicitly, and was usually stated only rhetorically, if at all (though there were always complications, such as final intention, and authorial revision). Such a consensus has been harder to find since the 1980s . Questioning the notion of authorial intention has been a concomitant of the recent development of criticism interested in the sociology of texts, led by the writings of *McKenzie and...

authorial intention

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A position that argues that the creator of a text possesses a privileged understanding of its meaning and that consequently any interpretation that contradicts this understanding must defer to the ...
18 Theories of Text, Editorial Theory, and Textual Criticism

18 Theories of Text, Editorial Theory, and Textual Criticism   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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5,963 words
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...by the author. In an age where the concept of authorial intention, or rather its knowability and reconstructability, has itself come under serious attack, this predicate has required sophisticated justification. A key document in this process has been Tanselle’s ‘The Editorial Problem of Final Authorial Intention’, which draws on an extensive range of theoretical writing, including E. D. Hirsch ’s Validity in Interpretation ( 1967 ). Editors, Tanselle suggests, ‘are in general agreement that their goal is to discover exactly what an author wrote and to...

19 The Electronic Book

19 The Electronic Book   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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Oxford University Press
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...questions, and concerns of the text regardless of the keywords an author uses. Here one encounters one of the chief issues in electronic publishing: *authorial intention and control over the reader’s experience of the text. Hyperlinking, non-linear and multipolar connections, and vast quantities of supplemental materials open up myriad paths to reading and interpretation: deconstruction and reassembly of an author’s argument and ultimate sense may be central to the online experience; authorial voice and point of view are contested far more actively than in...

All Is True

All Is True   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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2,792 words
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Oxford University Press

...has already been broken. When Wolsey enters he and Buckingham exchange disdainful stares before the Cardinal, questioning his secretary about a pending interview with Buckingham’s Surveyor, leaves, confident the Duke will soon be humbled. As Buckingham informs Norfolk of his intention to denounce Wolsey, officials arrest him for high treason. 1.2 Queen Katherine , seconded by Norfolk, speaks against Wolsey’s special taxations: surprised by what he hears, the King orders them to be repealed and their defaulters pardoned, a decision Wolsey quietly instructs his...

23 The History of the Book in the Low Countries

23 The History of the Book in the Low Countries   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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6,998 words
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...more book clubs were created. Together they achieved a temporary market share of no less than 20 per cent. A characteristic feature of the Dutch book trade was the fixing of book prices, a collective agreement among publishers and retailers enforcing uniform pricing, with the intention of guaranteeing a varied supply of books ( cf . net book agreement ). One undesired effect, however, was overproduction. At the same time, new collective initiatives were adopted by the various branch organizations of the book trade. Book promotion was now organized centrally...

16 The History of Illustration and its Technologies

16 The History of Illustration and its Technologies   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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5,930 words
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...artists of the day to paint large canvases on subjects from the plays. Among those who contributed were Reynolds, Benjamin West, Fuseli, Romney, William Hamilton, Northcote, Opie, Wheatley, and Wright of Derby. Boydell’s intention was to promote the British school of history painting and encourage a choice of serious subjects by native authors. The idea was first to exhibit the paintings in his own gallery and then, in order to recoup some of the enormous sums involved, to produce engraved versions for a monumental publishing enterprise. Although the project...

33 The History of the Book in Poland

33 The History of the Book in Poland   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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4,081 words
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...learned societies whose aim was to promote the sciences and humanities, and in Toruń, to developments in the study of Polish language and culture. Enlightenment ideas reached Warsaw considerably later, mainly through French influence, though in 1732 *Załuski announced his intention to form a *public library in Warsaw. Poland’s last king, Stanisław August Poniatowski, played a pivotal role in the development of intellectual and cultural life via his support for the arts and reform of the state, including the introduction of state control of the...

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew   Reference library

Michael Dobson, Anthony Davies, and Will Sharpe

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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...to Baptista as Bianca’s music teacher. Gremio arrives with the disguised Lucentio, whom he will present to Baptista as a tutor for Bianca: he agrees with Hortensio to co-sponsor Petruccio’s wooing of Katherine. Tranio arrives, disguised as Lucentio, and announces his own intention of courting Bianca: he too agrees to fund Petruccio’s suit, and Petruccio and the rivals repair to a tavern. 2.1 Katherine has tied Bianca’s hands, and is interrogating her about her suitors when Baptista arrives, separates them, and sends them indoors. The company arrive from...

28 The History of the Book in Italy

28 The History of the Book in Italy   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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10,068 words
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...) continues an earlier poem, the Orlando Innamorato by Matteo Maria Boiardo, first published in 1482–3 in a lost * editio princeps , with a third book added in 1495 (Harris). Telling the story of the paladin Roland—who falls in love with the beautiful but evil-intentioned Angelica and thus forsakes his duty to Charlemagne and to Christendom—Boiardo’s story enthralled 15 th -century readers with its breathtaking adventures and spectacular sword fights; however, it was written in a Po valley cadence, whose rhymes offended the ear of Italian purists. The...

Land

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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4,951 words
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Oxford University Press

...which displaces the drives of improvement. However, poems by Blake and Clare , and lesser-known Spencean artisans such as Blandford and the shoemaker Allen *Davenport , offer a Romanticism of polemical militancy which invokes political activism. If we look at the double intention within Romanticism, as part of a literary-historical dialectic, we can see that the contest between individualism (grounded materially in the superseding of customary rights by the rights of private property and its legal apparatus) and communitarianism (grounded materially in...

Theatre

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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5,088 words
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Oxford University Press

...them to topical contexts. Thus, in 1795 , when the conspirator in Venice Preserv'd declared ‘Curs'd be your Senate, curs'd your constitution’, he was enthusiastically applauded by a section of the audience, including John *Thelwall , who had gone to see the play with the intention of transforming his attendance into a political demonstration. The Examiner of Plays ensured that censorship of new plays was thorough, excising any comment that could be interpreted out of context, or preventing the performance of a play altogether. But this does not mean that...

Needless Variants

Needless Variants   Reference library

Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2016
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Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
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365 words
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Oxford University Press

...They’re especially common in the outer reaches of the language—in technical vocabulary. Unfortunately, the unnecessary coexistence of variant forms (e.g., adjectives ending in -tive and -tory ) leads not to precision in technical writing but to uncertainties about authorial intention. The trusting reader silently thinks, “The writer used investigative on the previous page but now has pressed investigatory into service—is a distinction intended?” “It is a source not of strength,” wrote H.W. Fowler , “but of weakness, that there should be two names...

intention of testator

intention of testator  

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The meaning that a testator intends his will to have. In interpreting a will, the court seeks to give effect to the intention of the testator as expressed in the will, even if capricious or ...
intention movement

intention movement  

The first stage in a recognized sequence of behaviour; by itself it indicates to an observer the intention of an animal to perform the full sequence. For example, the swimming of a stickleback low ...
intention

intention  

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n.1. a process of healing. Healing by first intention is the natural healing of a wound or surgical incision when the edges are brought together under aseptic conditions and granulation tissue forms. ...
testamentary intention

testamentary intention  

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The principle that a person's will must reflect his true wishes. Thus a will executed as a result of coercion, fraud, or undue influence will be set aside by the court.
Intention in Chinese Law

Intention in Chinese Law  

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Intent, or the lack of it, was an important concept in traditional Chinese law. Reference to it occurs as early as the “Announcement to Kang” chapter of the Shujing (Book ...
intention to create legal relations

intention to create legal relations  

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One of the key constituents of a contract. An agreement is only enforceable if, inter alia, there is an intention that it should be legally binding. As a general rule, the law presumes that familial ...

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