New ways of preparing and publishing critical editions

I have read and am reading a few interesting books on critical thinking and critical editions in the digital environment. The critical editions can be more than texts, but can include artwork and music. What advantages do we have in moving from a primarily print environment to a primarily digital environment? In fact, does “primarily” even need to enter into the question? Perhaps the question is how do we take advantage of the best of print and digital in creating the critical edition of the future? I’d like to be able to think about not only the technological aspects of preparing an edition, but also think about how the person coming to that edition will read and think about it, how the edition and its various aspects will help those absorbing this new work make connections with what they already know and from there, spin their thoughts in new directions; how it will allow the calculations of “distant reading” and also the focus and consideration of “close reading.”

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I am the Coordinator and Librarian for Humanities Collections with specific collection and liaison responsibilities for Classical Studies and History (Atlantic, European, and Trans-Regional). She holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College and a Master's of Library Science from the University of California, Berkeley. I am interested in digital humanities and how it will change scholarship and how scholarship is preserved and distributed in the future. Besides my work I am a flutist--modern and baroque and an avid reader of both fiction and nonfiction.

One Response to New ways of preparing and publishing critical editions

  1. Felicia Jean Steele says:

    I’ve been thinking about these issues as well, especially when thinking about how an edition could teach skills necessary for an enriched understanding of an original text. For example, could an edition of a medieval text include a tool that teaches paleography. At what point do we exceed the boundaries of an edition and the text becomes something else entirely?

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