genetic dossier

The dossier of manuscripts of a work can include, besides documentation gathered by the writer, a more or less diverse series of draft documents that bear witness to the evolution of the work: there are outlines [plans], scenarios [scénarios], sketches [ébauches], rough drafts [brouillons], edited clear copies [mise au net], a final manuscript [manuscrit définitif], corrections on proofs, etc. In sum, there is a whole history from which the work issues and whose aesthetic culmination it appears to be, but this history is sometimes so different from the definitive result that one must also see it in a dimension of the work

(Biasi 2004, 38)

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