Microgenetic analysis, which sets up and interprets the total compositional development of a short textual fragment, stands in contrast to macrogenetic research, which looks at one or several complete collections of genetic documentation, studying large-scale phenomena. The two approaches will not necessarily work with the same conception of the ‘rough draft.’ Microgenetics might, due to the restricted dimensions of its object, adopt the hypothesis of an expanded version of the concept of the rough draft (and extend it, for example, to cover the development from the initial workplans to textual adjustments made just before publication).

(Biasi 1996, 27)

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