Digital Scholarly Editing

Dr Christopher Ohge

Maximum: 15 Students

Venue: Senate House

This course surveys the fundamentals of literary editing as well as the technological skills required for producing digital editions. It aims to provide an understanding of editorial theory and practice, including the study of manuscripts, the theory of copy text editing, and the decisions relating to textual and contextual apparatus that inform the design of an edition. Students will focus on encoding documents in XML using the standards of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), and the process by which XML documents become digital editions. Students will also learn about HTML markup, CSS, alternative markup languages (such as LMNL), XSLT (for processing XML documents), and how to incorporate digital facsimiles into editions. No prior experience with programming is required.

Key Texts

Gabler, Hans Walter. ‘Theorizing the Digital Scholarly Edition’, Literature Compass 7.2 (2010): 43–56.

Gaskell, Philip. From Writer to Reader: Studies in Editorial Method (Oak Knoll, 1978).

Gottesman, Ronald and Scott Bennett, eds. Art and Error: Modern Textual Editing (Indiana UP, 1970).

Greetham, David. Scholarly Editing: A Guide to Research (New York: MLA, 1995)

McGann, Jerome. A Critique of Modern Textual Criticism (UP of Virginia, 1983).

––––. A New Republic of Letters (Harvard UP, 2014).

Pierazzo, Elena. Digital Scholarly Editing (Ashgate, 2015).