These reflections mean that, with regard to defining a concept of text for the purposes of editing, the question of choosing between the first or second notion of text is not properly posed. Neither conception precludes the other; together they form a unity in tension. Only a complex concept of text that expresses the combination of fixedness and unlimited motion, of syntagmatic closure and paradigmatic polyvalence, can do justice to the artistic nature of a text.

(Martens 1995, 221)

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