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Being PracticalElectronic editions of Flemish literary texts anddocuments in an international perspectiveEdward VanhoutteD...
Wonne & SenneFridge explorers
Pictures harvested from the InternetType “fridge” on Google.
Pictures harvested from the InternetType “fridge” on Google.
CSE 1997The contents should:A. include logically selected, manageable textual content -- e.g., an edition ofa single work,...
CSE 2006● Accuracy● Adequacy● Appropriateness● Consistency● Explicitness
with the tools of social media at its centre, the socialedition is process-driven, privileging interpretativechanges based...
The problem of two audiences     • Peers     • Common Reader
The problem of two natures maximal edition ● academic product ● research data ● scholarly accuracy and scrutiny ● attitude...
The problem of two natures minimal edition ● cultural product ● reading edition → Common Reader
The problem of two natures     • Minimal edition: reading edition     • Maximal edition: variorum edition
The problem of two audiences and natures      • Minimal edition:      → Reading edition      → Common reader      • Maxima...
Peers   1. Editors of the same text   2. Editors of the same author   3. Editors with related textual problems   4. Techno...
Jos De Haes(1920-1974)Paul Snoek(1933-1981)Eddy Van Vliet(1942-2002)
Jos De Haes(1920-1974) 585 copiesthree yearsPaul Snoek(1933-1981) 1,126 copiesthree months Eddy Van Vliet (1942-2002) 756 ...
Sold 3,800 copies over 2 years
Sold 300 copies each- republication of first print edition- variants- documentary: genetic essay / contemporary reviews / ...
Sold ca. 1,000 copies over 4 years
● Buyers of books are not interested in literature,they’re interested in books as physical objects.● Buyers of literature ...
De Smedt, Marcel & Vanhoutte, Edward (2000). Stijn Streuvels, De Teleurgang van den Waterhoek. Elektronisch-kritische edit...
Willem Elsschot, Achterde Schermen.Elektronische editie,bezorgd door Peter deBruijn, Vincent Neyt enDirk Van Hulle.Univers...
Knowledge siteThe space and shape I will try to describe is one where textualarchives serve as a base for scholarly editio...
Fluid, co-operative and distributed editions • Realizes Shillingsburg’s concept of knowledge sites through the formation o...
present to a broad audience as sound a text (usuallymodernized and at a minimum price) as is consistent withinformation th...
Swimming     • Michael Sperberg-McQueen :       • Why not to Teach Your Edition How to Swim       • How to Teach Your Edit...
Why the Audience Have to Learn to Swim     Detailed manuals     • outline the functionalities of the edition in detail    ...
Why the Audience Have to Learn to Swim     Papers and essays     • Examples     • Triggers     • Communication     Education
Being Practical. Electronic editions of Flemish literary texts and documents in an international perspective
Being Practical. Electronic editions of Flemish literary texts and documents in an international perspective
Being Practical. Electronic editions of Flemish literary texts and documents in an international perspective
Being Practical. Electronic editions of Flemish literary texts and documents in an international perspective
Being Practical. Electronic editions of Flemish literary texts and documents in an international perspective
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These are the slides of my lecture at the International Workshop on Electronic Editing (9-11 February 2012) in the School of Cultural Texts and Records at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. The text of the lecture is published online on my blog http://edwardvanhoutte.blogspot.com/

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  1. 1. Being PracticalElectronic editions of Flemish literary texts anddocuments in an international perspectiveEdward VanhoutteDirector of Research & Publications, Royal Academy of Dutch Language & LiteratureHead, Centre for Scholarly Editing and Document StudiesResearch Associate, UCL Centre for Digital HumanitiesEditor-in-Chief, LLC. The Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanitiesedward.vanhoutte@kantl.be@evanhoutte
  2. 2. Wonne & SenneFridge explorers
  3. 3. Pictures harvested from the InternetType “fridge” on Google.
  4. 4. Pictures harvested from the InternetType “fridge” on Google.
  5. 5. CSE 1997The contents should:A. include logically selected, manageable textual content -- e.g., an edition ofa single work, a group of works generically or chronologically grouped;B. include, when appropriate, authorial documents in addition to basictext(s), such as adaptations, working notes, contracts, tables of contents,prefaces, abstracts;C. present appropriate second-party textual materials -- e.g., letters fromrespondents may be desirable in an edition of letters;D. include the editorial materials required by the kind of edition envisaged --e.g., [1] prefaces and acknowledgements; [2] lists of sigla, symbols, andabbreviations; [3] textual essay; [4] textual apparatus (or the functionalequivalent, e.g., hypertext links) and/or notes; [5] historical/interpretiveessay(s); [6] illustrations or charts, diagrams, maps; [7] historical/explanatorynotes; [8] appendices; [9] bibliography; [10] glossary; [11] index(es);E. be logically arranged and easy to use;F. include appropriate analytical and text retrieval tools, either as part of theedition itself or as part of the access package for which the edition isdesigned (e.g., network browsers).
  6. 6. CSE 2006● Accuracy● Adequacy● Appropriateness● Consistency● Explicitness
  7. 7. with the tools of social media at its centre, the socialedition is process-driven, privileging interpretativechanges based on the input of many readers; text isfluid, agency is collective, and many readers/editors,rather than single editor, shape what is important and,thus, broaden the editorial lens as well as the breadth,depth, and scope of any edition produced in this way.(Siemens et al., forthcoming)
  8. 8. The problem of two audiences • Peers • Common Reader
  9. 9. The problem of two natures maximal edition ● academic product ● research data ● scholarly accuracy and scrutiny ● attitude towards problems and theories of the text ● history of the text → Expert Reader
  10. 10. The problem of two natures minimal edition ● cultural product ● reading edition → Common Reader
  11. 11. The problem of two natures • Minimal edition: reading edition • Maximal edition: variorum edition
  12. 12. The problem of two audiences and natures • Minimal edition: → Reading edition → Common reader • Maximal edition: → Variorum edition → Peers
  13. 13. Peers 1. Editors of the same text 2. Editors of the same author 3. Editors with related textual problems 4. Technology curious
  14. 14. Jos De Haes(1920-1974)Paul Snoek(1933-1981)Eddy Van Vliet(1942-2002)
  15. 15. Jos De Haes(1920-1974) 585 copiesthree yearsPaul Snoek(1933-1981) 1,126 copiesthree months Eddy Van Vliet (1942-2002) 756 copies three years
  16. 16. Sold 3,800 copies over 2 years
  17. 17. Sold 300 copies each- republication of first print edition- variants- documentary: genetic essay / contemporary reviews / biographical details- essays
  18. 18. Sold ca. 1,000 copies over 4 years
  19. 19. ● Buyers of books are not interested in literature,they’re interested in books as physical objects.● Buyers of literature are not interested in a reliabletext specifically, but in any easily acquirable text.
  20. 20. De Smedt, Marcel & Vanhoutte, Edward (2000). Stijn Streuvels, De Teleurgang van den Waterhoek. Elektronisch-kritische editie/electronic-critical edition.Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press/KANTL
  21. 21. Willem Elsschot, Achterde Schermen.Elektronische editie,bezorgd door Peter deBruijn, Vincent Neyt enDirk Van Hulle.UniverstiteitAntwerpen/HuygensInstituut, 2007.
  22. 22. Knowledge siteThe space and shape I will try to describe is one where textualarchives serve as a base for scholarly editions which serve intandem with every other sort of literary scholarship to createknowledge sites of current and developing scholarship thatcan also serve as pedagogical tools in an environment whereeach user can choose an entry way, select a congenial set ofenabling contextual materials, and emerge with a personalizedinteractive form of the work (serving the place of the well-marked and dog-eared book), always able to plug back in formore information or different perspectives.(Peter Shillingsburg, From Gutenberg to Google. ElectronicRepresentations of Literary Texts. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press, 2006, p. 88)
  23. 23. Fluid, co-operative and distributed editions • Realizes Shillingsburg’s concept of knowledge sites through the formation of active on-line communities • Lavagnino’s suggestion of a model for electronic editions based on interactive, collaborative work on texts • Shillingsburg’s concepts of the convenient and the practical edition • Fredson Bowers’ concept of the ‘practical edition’
  24. 24. present to a broad audience as sound a text (usuallymodernized and at a minimum price) as is consistent withinformation that may be procurable through normalscholarly channels and thus without more special researchthan is economically feasible.(Bowers, 1969, p. 26)
  25. 25. Swimming • Michael Sperberg-McQueen : • Why not to Teach Your Edition How to Swim • How to Teach Your Edition How to Swim • Peter Robinson • Teach our editions to swim to the readers • Why Editors Have to Learn to Swim
  26. 26. Why the Audience Have to Learn to Swim Detailed manuals • outline the functionalities of the edition in detail • explain the anticipated audience • how they can make use of the knowledge which has been put into the edition • how they can operate the included tools • how they can replicate the editor’s research • how they can interact with the edition • how they can contribute to the edition.
  27. 27. Why the Audience Have to Learn to Swim Papers and essays • Examples • Triggers • Communication Education
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