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Digital Critical Editions

Exploring the interweaving of traditional and digital textual scholarship

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<em>Digital Critical Editions</em>

Edited by Daniel Apollon, Claire Bélisle and Philippe Régnier

University of Illinois Press

Series « Topics in the Digital Humanities »

July 2014


368 p., 65 $


Provocative yet sober, Digital Critical Editions examines how transitioning from print to a digital milieu deeply affects how scholars deal with the work of editing critical texts. On one hand, forces like changing technology and evolving reader expectations lead to the development of specific editorial products, while on the other hand, they threaten traditional forms of knowledge and methods of textual scholarship.

Using the experiences of philologists, text critics, text encoders, scientific editors, and media analysts, Digital Critical Editions ranges from philology in ancient Alexandria to the vision of user-supported online critical editing, from peer-directed texts distributed to a few to community-edited products shaped by the many. The authors discuss the production and accessibility of documents, the emergence of tools used in scholarly work, new editing regimes, and how the readers’ expectations evolve as they navigate digital texts. The goal : exploring questions such as, What kind of text is produced ? Why is it produced in this particular way ?

Digital Critical Editions provides digital editors, researchers, readers, and technological actors with insights for addressing disruptions that arise from the clash of traditional and digital cultures, while also offering a practical roadmap for processing traditional texts and collections with today’s state-of-the-art editing and research techniques thus addressing readers’ new emerging reading habits.

"This is the first collection I have seen to address such a range of questions surrounding editing in the digital age, with a well-focused approach on key issues and offering a strong theoretical and historical background." (Peter Robinson, editor of Chaucer : The Wife of Bath’s Prologue on CD-ROM)

"This collection melds theory with contemporary practice. Moreover, its use of theory is wide-ranging and current, providing a much-needed counterpoint to more technically focused scholarship."—Susan Schreibman, editor of A Companion to Digital Literary Studies and A Companion to Digital Humanities

Daniel Apollon is an associate professor and head of the Digital Culture Research Group at the University of Bergen. Claire Bélisle is a researcher at the National Scientific Research Center at the University of Lyon. Philippe Régnier is director of research at the National Scientific Research Center at the University of Lyon.