Week eleven: independent reflection

There is no seminar this week; instead, this a task that will get you to reflect on what you’ve learnt so far and also look forward to your next blog post and your written essay. Below is a draft set of essay questions. Choose two (at first) and think back over the module, pulling together evidence from examples or issues you have encountered. Now choose one question and draft a response or an outline: this will form the basis of a short blog post and the kernel of your essay. In week 14, we’ll share your draft work and write up the blog posts.

  1. ‘Editorial goals … are different from archival ones’ (Peter Shillingsburg, Literary Documents, Texts, and Works Represented Digitally). Discuss, with examples (your own or others).
  2. ‘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?
  3. ‘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.
  4. ‘[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).
  5. ‘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).
  6. ‘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 crowdsourcing or social-computing tools / projects you have come across?
  7. ‘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).