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The Archive and the Edition: Digital Humanities and Literary Study

  • Institute of English Studies Senate House Malet Street WC1E 7HU (map)

This event is part of the Arts and Humanities in the Digital Age programme but can still be applied to separately.

'The Archive and the Edition' CHASE training workshop will enable arts and humanities students using archival material to understand how the archive supports and expands knowledge in literary analysis, and how to negotiate the increasingly digitised form of such archival material. Genetic studies is a growing field within literary studies. It has always been the case that some literary critics base their interpretations on an understanding of how a writer wrote, based on evidence from the archive, however the increased access to this evidence through digital formats has meant that scholars are using with increasing efficacy.

The manuscripts of Samuel Beckett will be used as a case study to discuss the range of issues such as making manuscripts accessible, transcription, encoding, and interpretation. The methodological framework of the training is the theory of genetic criticism, which sets itself a double task: the ‘genetic’ task of making the manuscripts accessible (ordering, deciphering and transcribing), resulting in a genetic dossier, and the ‘critical’ task of reconstructing the genesis from a chosen point of view (psychoanalysis, sociocriticism, narratology). Different methods of transcription (diplomatic, linear, topographic) and encoding (markup languages, the Text Encoding Initiative’s guidelines) will be discussed and applied to Beckett’s manuscripts. The potential interpretive consequences of this genetic research will be explored.

The training will be applicable to all students who will be accessing archival material as part of their doctoral training.

Training Co-ordinator: Dr Derval Tubridy, Dean of the Graduate School, Goldsmiths, University of London.

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The above CHASE training is part of a three day event at the Institute of English Studies at the School of Advanced Study. The subsequent two days require prior approval from your institution and involve a seperate registration at the SAS - more information and call for paper here