The Literary Text in the Digital Age

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The development of digital technology and its widespread availability on the personal computer are bringing about a fundamental paradigm shift in the ways that literary texts are created, preserved, disseminated, and studied--a revolution that many scholars have argued is as profound as that created by Gutenberg's invention of movable type. At the same time, a major shift in textual theory--away from the notion of a "Definitive Edition" and toward a recognition of the integrity of discrete versions--has ...
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The development of digital technology and its widespread availability on the personal computer are bringing about a fundamental paradigm shift in the ways that literary texts are created, preserved, disseminated, and studied--a revolution that many scholars have argued is as profound as that created by Gutenberg's invention of movable type. At the same time, a major shift in textual theory--away from the notion of a "Definitive Edition" and toward a recognition of the integrity of discrete versions--has highlighted the fundamental limitations of the printed book.

The Literary Text in the Digital Age addresses these developments from a wide range of perspectives. The essays discuss topics from the history of electronic editions to problems in encoding to the relationship between contemporary literary theory and the capabilities of digital technology. Other articles discuss the design of hypertext electronic editions now in progress or projected, including editions of the work of Chaucer, Thomas Hardy, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Individually and together these contributions show how such projects will go beyond the "electronic book" and exploit the full potential of the new medium. Finally, the volume also includes an afterword, in which A. Walton Litz reflects on the importance of digital technology from the perspective of one of the senior scholars in modern literary studies.

The essays gathered here are both authoritative and timely. This volume will be of interest to any student or scholar of literary texts, as well as those in any field concerned with the advent of digital technology and its transforming effects.

Contributors are Phillip E. Doss, Richard J. Finneran, Simon Gatrell, Susan Hockey, Ian Lancashire, John Lavagnino, A. Walton Litz, Jerome J. McGann, William H. O'Donnell, Peter Robinson, Charles L. Ross, Peter Shillingsburg, C. M. Sperberg-McQueen, Emily A. Thrush, and John Unsworth.

Richard J. Finneran is Hodges Chair of Excellence Professor of English, University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

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Acknowledgments
Preface
Creating and Using Electronic Editions 1
Principles for Electronic Archives, Scholarly Editions, and Tutorials 23
Textual Criticism and the Text Encoding Initiative 37
Completeness and Adequacy in Text Encoding 63
Some Unrevolutionary Aspects of Computer Editing 77
Is There a Text in These Variants? 99
Editing English Renaissance Electronic Texts 117
The Rossetti Archive and Image-Based Electronic Editing 145
Electronic Hardy 185
Designing a Hypertext Edition of a Modern Poem 193
Traditional Theory and Innovative Practice: The Electronic Editor as Poststructuralist Reader 213
The Electronic Text and the Death of the Critical Edition 225
Electronic Scholarship; or, Scholarly Publishing and the Public 233
Afterword 245
Contributors 249
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