1,500 words. Deadline: Friday, 5th February, 2016. Weighted at 30%
Note: like any traditional literary-critical essay, make sure you have a structure and an argument to make. You may include links, images, charts, graphics, etc..
‘Editorial goals … are different from archival ones’ (Peter Shillingsburg, Literary Documents, Texts, and Works Represented Digitally). Discuss, with examples (your own or others).
‘Digital scholarly editors … are no longer bound by the constraints of the codex and the economics of print publication’ (Susan Schreibman, Digital Scholarly Editing). To what extent is this true in relation to the digital literary resources you have come across?
‘I use the term “media translation” to suggest that recreating a text in another medium is so significant a change that it is analogous to translating from one language to another’ (N. Katherine Hayles, My Mother was a Computer: Digital Subject and Literary Texts, p.109). Discuss the issues arising from translating the material document into electronic text.
‘[T]he intelligent application of markup to a text is itself an interpretative act’ (James Cummings, ‘The Text Encoding Initiative and the Study of Literature’). Discuss, with examples (your own or others).
‘Once we recognise that, even in theory, we cannot encode every feature of our texts, we should see that the choice of important features becomes central to our work. In a limited world, we have to choose to do what matters most’ (John Lavagnino,. ‘Completeness and Adequacy in Text Encoding’. In, Finneran, Richard J. ed. The Literary Text in the Digital Age, p.75). Discuss, with examples (your own or others).
‘The promise [of the digital] is in the way the digital reshapes the representation, sharing, and discussion of knowledge’ (Mark Sample, ‘It’s not about building, it’s about sharing.’ In, Terras, Melissa, et al. eds. Defining Digital Humanities: A Reader, p.256). To what extent is this true in relation to the digital projects or resources you have come across?
‘How are digital projects structured to enable various kinds of functions and activities on the part of the user?’ (Johanna Drucker, ‘Analysis of DH Projects’ Introduction to Digital Humanities).