Weeks five & six: reflection

Over these two weeks we will be reflecting on what we’ve learned so far, as well as preparing for the next section of the course – digitizing and editing a text.

  1. In advance, please read Alan Liu ‘From Reading to Social Computing.’ Relate the essay to the issues we have been discussing over the past few weeks.
  1. We need to consider what we mean by a digital text. In preparation, download or bookmark at least two versions/formats of either Robinson Crusoe or Persuasion via the platforms below (links on the module blogsite). Note of the differences in editing (if any), style, format, accessibility, and how you move about the text (i.e. ‘navigation’). What information about its publication history or editing are you given? Take care to find out the terms of use or copyright conditions for each version.
  • Project Gutenberg (online: HTML or plain text UTF-8)
  • Google Books (online or PDF)
  • ECCO (online or PDF)
  • Haithi Trust (online / plain text / PDF)
  • Oxford Text Archive (you’re free to choose your format)
  1. We will also bounce around ideas for the next section of the module. So, in advance of the seminar, have think about what kind of text you would like to digitize and edit. Some tips to help and issues to bear in mind:
  • Keep it in the period 1700-1820;
  • If it’s a novel, think about what section (we can’t do a whole novel);
  • You might not have a specific text in mind, so think about which genre you’d like to work on and which literary period (e.g. Renaissance, Restoration, 18thC, Romantic);
  • This section will be collaborative, so be prepared to be flexible and perhaps consider 2 or 3 possible ideas.
  1. In-class, we will team up to write collaborative blog posts. I’ll guide you in the technical details during the session.
  1. Finally, we’ll discuss how we will build our cardboard scanner and, if we have time, begin the assembly.
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