Manuscript culture: What is a Text?
The links below focus on the idea of what a text is: the differences (or lack thereof) between a handwritten note, a novel, an anthology of literature, a web page and a sound recording. They also look at what the roles of editors, critics, creators of Internet databases, and transcribers might be in shaping what a text is and what it becomes.
A medieval manuscript (in Latin):
Images of twenty medieval manuscripts. You have to scroll down just a bit. Note the variety of styles:
Review of a recent book about the history of criticism and interpretation of Beowulf, and how it has often been a nationalist project:
A few different versions of Georgre Herbert’s Easter Wings:
Editing in the digital age:
(copy editing your own work) http://www.suite101.com/content/copyediting-in-the-digital-age-a184421
(what constitutes an “authentic” document in the digital age)
Scribal additions to the biblical book of Ecclesiastes, including a version with all suspected scribal insertions removed:
The wacky, fabulous, and unclassifiable work of bpnichol:
Two links to Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass”– neither of which discusses or explains the process behind their selection of a particular version of this text for mark-up:
…although Bartleby.com at least gives bibliographic info showing which version of the text they have reproduced:
…Wikipedia and CliffsNotes entries that gives some sense of why publishing or uploading any version of “Leaves of Grass” involves a series of editorial choices:
…and the Walt Whitman Archive project’s site, with links to 8 different versions of “Leaves of Grass”: