• How far do our digital editions take full advantage of the potential of digital
technologies to reshape our view of texts and manuscripts?
• Do existing digital editions simply restate traditional editions in an online
environment, with search replacing the index and the addition of images?
• Do we have a set of separate digital volumes, in the same way that we had
printed volumes on the shelf?
• The effect of the ‘digitisation overhead’
• As we develop new ways of viewing and engaging with born digital
material, new perspectives on how we may engage with older texts may
emerge - the ‘born digital’ paradigm will become the ‘new conditions of
• For ‘born digital’ material, all reading is distant reading - approaches
similar to distant reading are the only way of reading the material. As we
learn to read in different ways, how does that affect our view of the edition?
• The e-mail archive of the George W Bush White
House contains over 200 million e-mail messages.
• The electronic archive for the Bush Presidency
contains over 80 terabytes of information.
• There will never been an edition of the
correspondence of George W Bush
Figure 5.1 The emotions of London, 1700-1900
In this image, green is particularly prevalent in squares (the term that was also the most
distinctive of the West End’s lexicon), whereas passages where fear dominates are
most o en located in spaces of coercion and internment.
Slides from talk to AHRC New Modernist Editing network, 21 April 2017